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Friday, April 30, 2010

Malaysia : Housewife is 55th person to die of dengue

Via The Star, dengue claims another life:

" A 45-year-old housewife from Perak became the latest victim of dengue fever on Wednes­day, bringing the total of number of deaths this year to 55.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin said the ministry viewed the fatalities seriously as it showed a marked increase from the 42 deaths recorded over the first four months of 2009.

“The total number of dengue cases this year is lower compared to the same period last year but we have recorded 13 more deaths and this is worrying,” she said, adding that a total of 15,982 dengue fever cases were reported this year compared to 19,947 over the same period last year.

She said among the reasons for the higher number of deaths this year was that many developed complications due to pre-existing conditions like obesity or kidney problems.

Rosnah said Selangor still topped the list with 7,574 dengue fever cases and 27 deaths this year, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya with 1,826 cases and four deaths, Sarawak with 1,815 cases and six deaths, and Johor with 962 cases and three deaths."

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