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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Malaysia : Rapid increase in dengue cases raises alarm

Via The Star :

Despite the worrying increase in dengue cases in the Klang Valley, many residents and businesses are still not taking serious measures to fight the menace.

Between January and August this year, Selangor recorded 8,694 dengue cases, accounting for a staggering 45.9% of the 18,923 cases recorded nationwide.
This is an increase of 2,161 cases during the same period last year.
About 1,442 cases were reported in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, which is an increase of 112 cases (8.4%) as compared to last year during the same period.
To-date, there have been 10 reported dengue-related deaths in Selangor, while six cases were reported in Kuala Lumpur.
As of the end of August, 10 dengue hotspots (area where an outbreak has occurred continuously for 30 days or more) were identified in Selangor, all in the Petaling district."

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