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Monday, August 26, 2013

Malaysia : Leptospirosis cases on the rise

Via NST :

The incidence of leptospirosis is on the rise, with 18 deaths out of 1,768 cases nationwide as at last June, according to Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
He said the number of cases reported to the Health ministry in 2011 was 2,268 with 55 deaths while last year, 3,665 with 48 deaths.
"The trend is worrying particularly as awareness of the disease is low among the local community.
"Hence there must be cooperation from all parties to play a role in curbing its spread," he told reporters after launching the national-level Rat Control Campaign at Menggatal town near here today.
He said the ministry was drawing up a guideline for the local authorities to implement in their rat control activities.
Earlier Abdul Rahman said the ministry had allocated more than RM3.2 million for vector control programmes in the country."

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