PUTRAJAYA – Dengue has long been a lethal threat to Malaysians, but it has now reached a whole new alarming level.
The number of dengue cases has been rapidly increasing, and is in fact seen as the worst in our country’s history, says Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramainam. A survey done between January 1, 2015 until February 21, 2015 shows that there is a total of 21,310 dengue cases as compared to 13,915 during the same time period last year.
Based on a survey done between January 1, 2015 until February 21, 2015, the cumulative number of dengue cases totalled to 21,310 compared to 13,915 cases during the same time last year.
Selangor contributed the largest number of dengue cases which is 7,395 or 58 percent of the total number.
Perhaps more worryingly is the fact that the dengue symptoms of the new cases this year are much more severe compared to last year.
“If earlier, patients experience bleeding and spots on the body, the disease now attacks internal organs such as the liver and brains,” he said.
Efforts to overcome this disease by the Health Ministry include implementing a spray technique known as the Outdoor Residual Spray (ORS) to control the breeding of aedes mosquitoes.
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This technique began to be used on February 11, 2015 targeted at four hot spots in Selangor which included Petaling, Hulu Langat, Gombak and Klang.
Apart from that, the Health Ministry are also looking into the use of anti-mosquito wall paint produced by the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) and patented by the Health Ministry.
The ministry is currently reviewing plans for this paint to be used on commercial buildings in efforts to reduce these dengue cases.
“This technique was used when the government was trying to control the spread of malaria,” Subramaniam added.
– ASTRO Awani