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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Malaysia : Another Rescuer May Be Infected With Melioidosis

A report from Bernama, which also contains some news about dengue :

" KUANTAN, July 28 : Another rescuer involved with the drowning rescue operation at Lubuk Yu, Maran last month, may be the latest victim of melioidosis and leptospirosis.

State Exco for Health Datuk Hoh Khai Mun said the 30 year-old fireman was on Tuesday admitted to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital, Temerloh with fever.

"He went to hospital on July 8 for a backache but was on Tuesday warded with fever. Blood samples had been taken for examination," he told a press conference here Wednesday.Seven people had died due to the bacteria while four are being treated at Jengka Hospital, one at Temerloh hospital and one at Selayang Hospital, Selangor.

On dengue fever, Hoh said the state health department had identified six areas as epidemic zones in Pahang.They are Taman LKNP Maju Sekilau, Taman Tas, Taman Orkid Kubang Buaya, Taman Beserah, Taman Hong Seng Galing (all in Kuantan district) and Batu 14 (Raub).He said the health department had conducted fogging and search and destroy operation against aedes mosquitoes.

Pahang recorded 838 dengue cases in the first seven months compared to 568 cases for the corresponding period last year, a rise of 47.5 percent.Kuantan had the highest number with 480 followed by Temerloh (85), Rompin (60), Bentong (48), Maran (40), Raub (33), Jerantut (27), Lipis (24), Bera (23), Pekan (17) and Cameron Highlands (1)."

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