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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Malaysia : Salesman succumbs to dengue hemorrhagic fever

An article from New Straits Times :

" KUALA LUMPUR: A 26-year-old salesman, who travelled in the capital and Selangor, succumbed to dengue hemorrhagic fever in Johor Baru on Dec 16.

Director General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said the victim, who had a history of asthma, sought an outpatient treatment at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Johor Baru when he went down with fever on Nov 29.

He said the victim was warded at a private hospital on Dec 2 after complaining for sore throat and fever and was pronounced death due to dengue hemorrhagic fever two weeks later. "The salesman could have contracted dengue while conducting sales promotion in dengue-stricken areas," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

He said as a result, control activities, including a fumigation exercise, were conducted in the vicinity of the victim's house involving 87 premises.

Meanwhile, he said the number of dengue cases last week increased by five per cent or 26 cases from 498 cases with the figure rose in eight states -- Kuala Lumpur (up by 19 cases), Putrajaya (19), Perak (16), Penang (16 each), Kelantan (eight), Selangor (seven), Pahang (five) and Sabah (four)."

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