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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Malaysia : Students most hit by dengue

Via The Star :

" KUALA LUMPUR: As many as one in four dengue cases reported each year involve students, said the Health Ministry.

Public Health deputy director-general Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said that out of the 13,889 dengue cases reported between January and September this year, 2,635 (19%) were students and out of 22 deaths, two involved students.

“The deaths are unnecessary,” he said, adding that the cooperation from residents was needed to ensure that their areas were free of aedes.

Dr Lokman said this after representing Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the launch of the Dengue Patrol Programme at SK Gombak Setia yesterday.

He said that out of the 2,635 cases, 973 (7%) involved primary school pupils while 1,662 (12%) were secondary school students.

From Sept 11 to Sept 17, 325 dengue fever cases were reported, an increase of 14 cases or 15% compared with 311 cases the week before, Dr Lokman said."

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