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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Malaysia : Be more vigilant in fight against dengue

Via New Straits Times :

" SUNGAI PETANI: Malaysians are still not doing enough to help the authorities check the dengue scourge, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai lamented yesterday.

He described the situation as "very alarming" considering there were 91 deaths recorded so far this year compared with 88 cases last year."We appeal to the people to keep their homes, offices and surroundings clear of mosquito breeding areas.

"We must be more vigilant since it is now the rainy season and rainwater could collect easily in many places," he said.

A total of 27,400 cases and 91 deaths due to dengue have been reported between January and yesterday, according to ministry statistics.Liow said the death toll reported so far this year involved mostly adults.

Last week alone (July 18-24), seven deaths due to dengue were reported from 1,071 cases, the highest weekly cases recorded so far, Liow said after visiting the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital here."

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