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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Malaysia : Woman dies of dengue in Selangor

Via New Straits Times :

" A 39-year-old woman died of dengue fever in the week beginning Feb 5 when 513 cases of the disease were reported in the country, down from 545 cases involving four deaths in the week before, according to the Director-General of Health Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman.

He said in a statement today that the woman, a technician in a communications company, was from Selangor.

"Her house was found to have a high incidence of Aedes mosquito breeding, at 2.9 per cent. As such, the local community conducted a gotong-royong clean-up of their area to destroy the Aedes breeding grounds," he said.

Dr Hasan said there was a rise in the number of dengue cases in five states in the week in question compared to the previous week, namely Terengganu (from 19 to 46), Perak (36 to 39), Perlis (three to five), Sabah (10 to 12) and Melaka (14 to 15).

A total of 2,926 cases were reported between Jan 1 and Feb 11, up by 79 cases compared to the corresponding period last year, he added."

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