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Friday, February 5, 2010

Three more die of dengue

Dengue and chikungunya a real threat in Malaysia and the tropical countries. The latest from Malaysia, the whole report:

"Three people, including a nurse, were the latest victims of dengue, bringing the total number of deaths last month to 14.

The three were a 45-year-old nurse from Baling, Kedah,also a thalassemia patient; a restaurant waiter, 25, of Shah Alam; and a driver, 46, from Miri who died of dengue haemorrhagic fever.

The nurse and the waiter died of dengue shock syndrome.Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said 1,101 dengue cases were reported last week.Between Jan 1 and Jan 30, 4,132 dengue cases were reported nationwide, with 14 deaths, compared with 5,534 cases and 14 deaths during the same period last year."Although the number of cases has reduced slightly from the previous week, it is still worrying," said Dr Ismail.

Dr Ismail urged the people to cooperate with the health authorities to destroy aedes-breeding grounds by participating in gotong-royong activities.As for chikungunya, he said 76 new cases were reported last week, an increase of 12 per cent compared with 68 cases in previous week.Dr Ismail said 74 of the new cases were reported in Sarawak and another two in Sabah."

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