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Friday, August 12, 2011

Malaysia : Residents worried over spike in dengue cases

Via The Star :

" TAMAN Sri Nibong residents are worried that their neighbourhood has become a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes as an average of five dengue cases have been reported in the area each month.

The most recent case was reported last week.

Residents there claim that clogged drains, stagnant water in the drains and gutters, bad drainage system and an abandoned house have contributed to the situation.

A resident, who only wished to be known as Wong, said that his neighbour’s 16-year-old son was warded for a week at a private hospital for dengue fever.

“Take a random peek at any drain in this area and it will be confirmed that our fears are not unfounded as Aedes larvae can be easily spotted wriggling away in the drain water,” he said.

The residents held a dialogue session with Pantai Jerejak assemblyman Sim Tze Tzin yesterday.Also present were officers from the Penang Municipal Council, Public Works Department and the council’s Health Department."

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