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Dengue cases increase 51.9%

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KUCHING  –  Sixty-three dengue cases were reported from Dec 9 to 16 (week 50), as compared to 40 cases in week 49, showing an increase of 57.5 per cent.

Sarawak Health Director, Datuk Dr Zulkifli Jantan said, the latest figure raised the number of cases from January to Dec 16, 2012 to 1,428, an increase of 51.9 percent, from 940 cases during the corresponding period last year.

He said the public are advised to have a proper solid waste disposal system, eliminate stagnant water in domestic environment and improve water storage practices.

“Divisional Health Officers have been carrying out health education programmes likes distributing pamphlets and putting up banners to create awareness about the disease.

“Preventive measures that were being carried out are fogging, applying insecticide and BTI in areas where stagnant water cannot easily be drained,” he said. – Bernama