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Friday, December 16, 2011

Malaysia : Dengue cases up during last nine weeks

Via The Malay Mail :

" Dengue cases have shown an increase over the last nine weeks, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

A total of 486 cases were reported between Dec 4 and and 10, the highest recorded since February.

However, the total number of cases from January to December was much lower, with 18,371 cases and 34 deaths compared with 44,641 cases and 132 deaths in the same period last year.

“Statistics also show Malaysia has a decreasing rate of 58 per cent in cases, which is relatively high when compared with the Philippines at 35 per cent, and Australia, at 30 per cent,” he said.

Liow said that to prevent dengue, the Combi (Communication for Behavioural Impact) committee would focus on community behaviour and educate the people on facing vector-borne diseases.

He advised the public to seek early treatment if they suffered from fever as delayed treatment may result in death.

Liow also said the number of dengue cases was usually higher during the rainy season."

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