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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Malaysia : Losing Battle Against Dengue

Via Bernama:

" Disappointed with the public apathy towards efforts to eliminate aedes mosquito breeding grounds, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Shirlin Rashid said the ministry is fighting a losing battle against the disease unless there is proactive response from the people.

She was also saddened that despite the high awareness among the people of the danger of dengue, their participation and commitment to eliminating the epidemic was very low.

"This is indeed very sad, as many are still not taking this epidemic seriously and taking the necessary steps to contain it, when the preventive steps are simple where you only need 10 minutes a week to clean up your houses and clear any stagnant waters," she told reporters after launching the 2010 Anti-Dengue Campaign here today.

Calling on the public to change to a healthy lifestyle and cleaner environment, Rosnah said they should be more vigilant, just like in the case of the Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

Dengue cases involving death in the country had been on the rise, with 54 deaths up to April 24, compared with 41 deaths last year.

From April 18 to 24, a total of 885 cases were reported nationwide, a drop of 29 cases or three per cent compared with 914 cases the previous week."

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