Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Dengue fever outbreak in Malaysia

My plan to do a bit of outdoor gardening has now to be put on the backburners for a while as there is a dengue fever outbreak in Malaysia currently. There have been 752 reported cases of dengue fever last week, 50 percent more than were reported in the last week of August, triggering emergency measures to prevent the disease reaching epidemic proportions. Health Minister Chua Soi Lek told local media 1,000 reported cases per week would constitute an epidemic. He said: "if this trend continues, it will not be long before it reaches 1,000 cases and an epidemic is declared." A total of 70 people have died in Malaysia of dengue fever so far this year. I don't want to be the 71st.

Maybe I'll do a little composting in preparation for the days when the dengue fever outbreak is brought under control.

Latest as at 4/9/05: "The number of suspected dengue cases have risen from 752 to 1,023 last week. The nationwide death toll now stands at 73, as compared to 62 fatalities in the same period last year". The Star

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