Dengue fever strikes again

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  • Monday, 19 Apr 2004

PETALING JAYA: The dengue season is back due to the weather pattern the country is experiencing, disease control director Dr Ramlee Rahmat said.  

He said there was no cause for panic but reminded the public to take the necessary precautions. 

“There is a pattern of hot and cold weather now, where there is rain and then it is hot again,” he said yesterday. 

“But there is no obvious ‘peak period’ because of our weather pattern. So, one has to be careful to ensure that there is no breeding (of the Aedes mosquitoes),” he said.  

On the overall dengue situation, Dr Ramlee said the number of cases had declined compared to the corresponding period last year. 

He said that extra measures and surveillance by district teams had been put into place by the Health Ministry. 

“We will act fast. What they are doing in Perlis is the right thing. We will continue to carry out surveys on larvae and mosquito breeding. If we are notified of cases, we will carry out fogging,” he said. 

On the issuance of a dengue outbreak alert, Dr Ramlee said this was implemented when more than one case of dengue fever was reported within a few days in the same area. 

The Perlis health department has issued a dengue outbreak alert in Beseri, about 15km from Kangar, after five cases were reported there last week. 

Department director Dr Azmi Hashim said residents in the area must take the necessary precautions like maintaining cleanliness in their compounds after the cases were confirmed on April 11. 

He said this after attending a gotong-royong campaign in Taman Beseri Paya and Kampung Bukit Merah near here yesterday.  

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