Saturday, January 31, 2009

Worst dengue outbreak in Malaysia

Straits Times: Malaysia is going through its worst dengue outbreak ever, health officials said yesterday, with higher rainfall and public apathy being blamed for encouraging the widespread breeding of the Aedes mosquito. In the first 28 days of this year alone, 14 people have died and 5,062 cases have been recorded. This compares with five deaths and 2,855 cases in the same period last year.

…'This is the worst outbreak ever,' Health Ministry director-general Ismail Merican told reporters yesterday. If the trend of 14 deaths a month were to continue for the rest of the year, the number of deaths this year would be higher than the 112 recorded last year.

…Dengue fever is endemic in South-east Asia, and cases in Malaysia have surged since 2003. Despite annual outbreaks and government campaigns to raise awareness, Tan Sri Ismail lamented that many residents were still unaware of the risks involved in allowing mosquitoes to breed on their premises….

Illustration of the dengue fever virus

1 comment:

Rådgivende ingeniørfirma said...

Dengue is one of the most worst sick in Asia. Because until now there is no cure for the said sick but the doctors can prevent it if is a minor class and not worst dengue. So, to avoid it keep surroundings clean and always removed stagnant water to avoid the mosquitoes to live on it.