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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Malaysia : Dengue deaths rising - red alert

Via The Star :

" While the thought of contracting H1N1 may cause alarm, figures show that a deadlier killer is on the rise – dengue.

While just two people died from H1N1 this year, dengue has already claimed 83 people.

As of Dec 14, dengue cases rose by a whopping 87.5% (18,299), with 39,222 cases recorded this year compared to 20,923 last year.

The number of deaths, meanwhile, jumped by 137% to 83 deaths from 48 deaths in the same time period.

Health Ministry disease control division director Dr Chong Chee Kheong said many people still viewed dengue as a mild disease despite the fact that 10% to 15% of dengue cases were severe."

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