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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Malaysia : Sharp increase in dengue cases

Via New Straits Times :

" The number of dengue cases has risen to an average of 400 a week since December last year due to changes in the weather.

This is an increase of 33 per cent from its previous average of 300 to 350 cases a week.

In view of this, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has advised the public to take the matter seriously as it involves their health.

"Dengue is dangerous. We have to go all out with dengue eradication campaigns.

"This menace has to be controlled because to date, there is no vaccine for dengue," he said after giving out RM3.17 million in loans from the Chang Ming Thien Foundation to 157 students yesterday.

The foundation has given RM24 million in loans to 1,567 students since its inception in 2004.

In a statement, Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman urged the public to get rid of Aedes breeding grounds at their homes, offices and institutions of higher learning."

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