The Re-Emergence of Other Infectious Viruses

The Re-Emergence of Other Infectious Viruses

As Covid-19 has reached the endemic stage and people have embraced the return to normalcy, let us not forget that there are other infectious diseases that are just as serious as Covid-19. In Malaysia, there has been rising cases linked to influenza-like illnesses (ILI) this July, especially in Penang island. This is unavoidable due to the easing of social restrictions. Similarly, both familiar and unfamiliar viral diseases have been emerging around the world. These viruses include, but not limited to the adenovirus, rhinovirus, influenza, parainfluenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), not to mention the most-talked-about monkeypox disease.*

The first five of these viruses are familiar but are behaving in unexpected ways. In Malaysia, there has been several clusters of these influenza-like-illness (ILI) found in schools.** Elsewhere, children in the United States have also been co-infected with two or three of these viruses.***

  • The adenovirus, previously known to cause mild gastrointestinal illness, is triggering severe hepatitis in healthy young children.
  • The rhinovirus, the cause of the common cold, is sending children to the hospital.
  • Hospital admissions due to flu have increased in May this year when comparing to the past two years. Due to the transmission of Covid-19 at its peak, the past two years recorded one of the mildest influenza and parainfluenza seasons.
  • The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is causing large outbreaks in the summer and early fall in the United States and Europe when it was previously known to only cause diseases in the winter.

The sixth and last virus, known as monkeypox, is new and unfamiliar to many and is causing an unprecedented outbreak in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia. Previously only found in West and Central Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global health emergency in July. On 25th August, the WHO announced that more than 41,000 cases and 12 deaths have been reported from 96 countries with over 34% of cases from the United States.**** In Malaysia, there were nine suspected monkeypox cases reported in July, and one confirmed case involving a Malaysian man in Singapore.

The extraordinary measures we took to limit our exposure to Covid-19 have inadvertently limited our exposure to other viruses. As a result, we have far less acquired immunity, hence increasing susceptibility in bigger groups and ultimately leading to out-of-season surges across the population and virulent infections for individuals.* Having said that, halting viral infections stem from the educating the population. Behavioural shifts such as social distancing, mask mandates, quarantining and isolation (if unwell) should be continued, although Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) may not require us to do so.

Considering the rising cases caused by old and new viral strains, it is of utmost importance that everyone stays vigilant. We should carry forward the lessons learned from the pandemic to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases before it takes a turn for the worst. This includes wearing a face mask in enclosed areas, practicing good personal hygiene and having clean workspaces. While Malaysia’s Health Ministry gave assurance that cases of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are currently under control, the public is encouraged to take influenza vaccines at private clinics, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and take preventive measures in order to stop these viruses from spreading.**

On the work front, Maclean’s vast experience in eliminating harmful bacteria, germs and viruses in various environments provides our clients with peace of mind when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting workspaces. All of our cleaning crew is trained to meet our local KKM and international standards of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA), with the use of industrial strength products. We continue to strive in improving cleaning and disinfecting methods and personnel training to meet the arising needs caused by Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Should you have any enquiries or require any information regarding our cleaning services and support, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Please feel free to contact us at 03-7773 0300 or


Beyond Cost Effective Solutions

“Thank you, Maclean team, for the good support and on time completion of the cleaning activities as required at the Phase 2 cafeteria and Phase 2 new wing office floor without any delays which met client satisfaction.”


“The final cleaning has come to an end today. We appreciate your team's full commitment and cooperation in ensuring the successful completion of the cleaning work at Plot H. Your site person in charge and his team has performed well throughout the cleaning period. Their prompt response and action as well as their workmanship on the end-product satisfied us.”


“I would like to take this opportunity to first, thank you for the 9 years of services to the hospital. Maclean has offered a top-level cleaning service with the magnificent team of client service right down to the cleaner.

I am particularly writing to appreciate the cleaner, namely BAL BAHADUR, M. SUMON and MASLINDAH for their professionalism and exceptional work ethic. They are punctual, dependable and presented with more than what has been asked of them.”


“We are writing to express my sincere appreciation for the exceptional work of the cleaning crew who was responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of our office premises. Over the past few weeks, we have observed the excellent work that Nur Alom has been doing, and we must say that his dedication and professionalism are truly commendable.

I have personally witnessed Nur Alom going the extra miles to ensure that the office is clean and hygienic especially during these challenging times post pandemic. His commitment to maintaining a clean and safe environment has been exceptional, and he has made a significant contribution to keep our workplace safe and healthy for all employees. “


“We would like to express our thanks towards janitor Suriakala for excellent cleaning services rendered during Deep Cleaning activities on 14th and 28th January 2023. As well, we find her job deliverance is excellent and committed on daily routine tasks.

Hereby, we extend our thanks to Bobby, Fahmi for their prompt response of any inquiries and replacement planning during janitor's absence. We are also thankful to be supported by the Maclean team for

  • deep cleaning upholstery office chairs, sofa
  • fabric wall meeting rooms
  • fabric cubicle – employee workstation areas
  • lobby reception, breakout area, workstation area
  • floor scrubbing at carpeted area total approximately 3,617sqft
  • floor scrubbing at pantry vinyl floor area"

“Excellent cleaning services. Prompt response of any inquiries and fast planning during your janitor on leave”


“Excellent service during the summer break for the school opening preparations - efficient, gracious customer service, the level of detail and accountability you have demonstrated on the housekeeping service.”


Our Supervisors and Crew Are Well Trained

“I received a verbal compliment from client on Crew’s performance & improvement after we had engagement meeting. Well done and keep up the good work!”


“Services provided by the crew on site was good and amazing, especially the head of the crew obviously showing his excellent performance on managing his team that provided high quality cleanliness service throughout the year. They have shown a great team spirit and hope this can continue and maintained in future. I would also take this opportunity to congratulate Miss Nadia who trained such a good team and of course your good services to our company as well.”


“Thank you very much for the team you lead! Professional and high efficiency!”


“Convey our outmost appreciations for the excellent service provided to our team in Bayan Lepas. Your team, which is Samy and his supportive team, have been doing great jobs & supported us. Samy has been committed to all the tasks given with fast response from him & the teams.”


“Formally and sincerely express our gratitude for the amazing honesty your team shown during recently lost and found case. Nurhayati Binti Abdullah had shown exceptional discipline and dedication to her daily work. Her actions directly impacted our image and Maclean directly benefited the team and company on a greater level. Once again, thank you for the leadership shown by Maclean’s management team – Kak Mis on the diligence and integrity adopted for all the team on the site.”


“Layanan yang sangat baik, berdisiplin, komited, sabar, berbudi bahasa dan sentiasa positif.”

3S Centre

“Thank You for the Good Service. I would like to express my deep appreciation for the women who are doing the cleaning at our premise. I am very satisfied with their work! I would like to thank Diana (supervisor) and Sajib who always monitor and ensure someone to cover when the cleaners go on leave. Good teamwork and dependable.”


We Are Well Versed with Various Industry Compliancy Requirements

“Congratulations “Maclean Team” as all cleaners have successfully passed the EHS training that was conducted on site.

We are satisfied with their service”


“Thanks for your team’s kind support to maintain the cleanliness of our LMM plant during our two important events:

(1) EHS Corporate Audit

(2) EHS Plan Forum Recognition”


“Thank you very much for giving 100% support and for ensuring we followed and maintained proper social distancing amid the events.”


“Gratitude for Maclean’s performance and support during our compliance audit held last October. Maclean’s team has made so much effort in order to keep our business running with full compliance. It's a good image that we comply to every legal requirement that was relevant with Maclean’s help. Maimunah has been key player into this Audit weeks.”


“Many thanks to Zura for the last compliance audit which covered compliance in pharmaceuticals.”


“Our management would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you for the excellent service provided to our facility especially for the fresh goods department, for maintaining cleanliness as per our standard.”


“Able to answer questions from Auditor during ISO Audit.”


Understanding Urgency and Providing Personalised Attention

“We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to you and your team for all the hard work going the extra mile ensuring everything is ready for the event. We know there were a quite a bit of last-minute requests, but you guys managed to extend your excellent service and that made a difference definitely. We appreciate your contribution and management also relay their appreciation and gratitude to all the Janitor team. Thank you so much for being good support for this event and hope this good performance can be maintained.”


“Hope you are doing great. For the past few months Samy Rau has been supervising our Penang location. We are very grateful that he has been showing his interest and helping me to solve a lot of problems. His presence here during the site visit has made us able to voice up regarding most issues directly. Most pending issues have been resolved. We hope that we will make a better team in future.”


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Samy and the team, especially Ali Raihan, Sajib Sikdar and all Maclean team members for helping our team on the water leaking issue that happened. Their fast respond to our call during midnight and coming to help us to handle the situation. Keep it up and continue to work together and support our Facilities team.”


“They are remarkable with their attitudes. The way they go above and beyond to ensure that all our events are presented well, their sense of collaboration and attention to detail is greatly valued.”


“I would like to extend our appreciation for the amazing work done by your team on site especially team leader, Maimunah in supporting several occasions of main event. They have been supportive in terms of logistic, pre-event preparation and on top of that making the event running smoothly.

Please pass my appreciation to Maimunah, Sulaiman, Susilawati and Haipah for their support.”


In addition to the above, we are proud and grateful to receive 2 awards from CBRE:

  • Exceptional Service Award 2022 
  • Best Safety and Covid Response Award 2022

So, try us out and experience the Maclean service first-hand. 

To find out more on how we give you the best value for your budget without compromising your health or safety, please connect with us at 03-7773 0300 or

Oct 2022
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