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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Malaysia : A rise in dengue cases down south

Via The Star :

" JOHOR BARU: The state recorded a total of seven deaths due to dengue between Jan and July this year, which is an increase of four cases compared to the same period last year.

State Health department deputy director Dr Fatimah Othman said the increase in deaths due to dengue was worrying and the public should take note of the rise.

“Aedes mosquitoes are capable of adapting themselves to their surroundings.

“The mosquitoes will breed even after we have fogged an area, hence people must be mindful of the cleanliness of their premises or homes.

“The reason why there is an increase in dengue fever cases is because there are more breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

“Potential breeding grounds are places where clean water is stagnant such as plastic cups and even satellite dishes,” she said during the campaign to combat Dengue in Kampung Melayu Majidee here recently."

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