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Published: Thursday February 20, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday February 20, 2014 MYT 6:53:48 AM

Government going all-out against dengue menace

PUTRAJAYA: Ten dengue hotspots will see combination fogging to kill both adult mosquitoes and their larvae for four consecutive weeks as the Government intensifies its fight against the disease.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­maniam said the weekly fogging mechanism combining simultaneous use of insecticide and temephos would commence this week, but added that the locations would be named at a later date.

The ministry would also organise a major clean-up of all the 10 hotpots on March 2 involving local authorities and neighbourhood watch.

“So far, about 50% of those who came to public hospitals with complaints of fever had received initial diagnosis from private general practitioners.

“We hope those with suspected dengue symptoms do not delay obtaining treatment from public hospitals as the complications can get worse if they are not attended to quickly,” Dr Subramaniam told a press conference here yesterday.

Meanwhile, ministry data continued to show an increase in dengue cases as at last week, jumping by 68 cases (or 3.1%) from the 2,197 cases recorded the week before.

This brings the total number of dengue cases this year to 13,915, which is 302.2% or 10,455 cases more than what was recorded in the same period last year.

Six deaths related to dengue were reported last week, bringing the total number of dengue fatalities to 25 cases or 17 more deaths compared to the same period last year.

Selangor remained the state with the highest number of dengue cases so far this year (7,507 cases), followed by Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (1,395 cases), Perak (966 cases), Johor (943 cases) and Negri Sembilan (858 cases).

Tags / Keywords: Health, dengue, aedes, fogging

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