Dengue danger awareness

WORLD Dengue Day and Asean Dengue Day, both of which are marked today, serve as a reminder that dengue is a scourge that is ever present globally as well as in Malaysia. It places a heavy burden on the healthcare system of all countries where it is present. In Malaysia, though the mortality rate due to dengue is low, we still see a high rate of morbidity causing admissions to hospitals.

The productivity of affected individuals is reduced by the need to take leave from work on account of being ill from the disease or from the need to take care of infected individuals in the family. The after effects from severe dengue also exacts a toll on the individual, both physically and mentally.

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