Among the three dead is a five-old-boy suffering from encephalitis who died at the Kuantan Hospital on Friday.
The other death is a four-year-old with hyperthyroidism and pneumonia at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital who also died on Friday. The child had had fever, cough and running nose for a week before seeking treatment last Sunday.
Describing the situation as "very serious" Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the public has to cooperate with the authorities to stop the spread of the virus.
"We can do it if we cooperate,” he said at the opening of a Japan Health Clinic at HSC Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur Saturday.
Datuk Seri Liow said that aside from the deaths, 53 new cases were reported throughout the country.
The last death was a 63-year-old asthmatic from Selayang with tuberculosis and pneumonia who died Thursday at the Selayang Hospital.
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