Friday, April 29, 2016
Malaysia - Malaysia Registers 25,000 Cases of Dengue Fever in Three Months
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Malaysia has registered nationally almost 25,000 cases of dengue fever, the Malaysian Public Health Vice Minister, Hilmi Yahaya has confirmed
Hilmi Yahaya stated that from January until April 24th, 42,683 cases have been reported, a rise of almost 5,000 in comparison with the same quarter last year.
Ninety-four people have died in the same period, which is a reduction on the 120 victims who succumbed to the disease in same quarter in 2015.
According to official data, during January and February this year, the authorities inspected almost 1,000 areas, imposed 3,260 fines and took 353 cases to court.
Yahaya thanked other ministries and governmental agencies for their help in the national operation, which started on April 11th, against the Aedes Aefypti mosquito - the transmitter of the disease.
Analysts have said that the country's initiatives against dengue fever are ineffective, despite being regional pioneers in research on the transmitting agent.
In 2011, Malaysia sterilized 6,000 male mosquitoes and released them to mate with females with the aim of reducing the mosquito population.
The experiment was the first of its type in Asia and although the population of mosquitoes has been reduced, this has not led to a drastic reduction in the incidence of dengue fever.
According to the World Health Organization, in 2015, the hospitals in Malaysia treated 111,000 suspects dengue fever cases, an increase of 16 percent in comparison to 2014.
The WHO also reports that in 2015, 390 million cases of dengue in at least 128 countries were reported.
Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of the female of the Aedes Aegypti that nests in stagnated waters.
The symptoms are fever, headache, and pains in the joints and muscles.