77-year-old latest dengue victim
The New Straits Times
Friday, July 31, 2009, 04.26 PM
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Total number of cases this year is 26,974 with 66 deaths. We are quite worried on the number of unoccupied houses in Bandar Botanic, with overgrown lallangs. The vacant land belongs to TMO at Phase 8 are also covered with lallangs and infested with mosquitoes, snakes, etc.
KUALA LUMPUR: A 77-year-old man in Sipitang, Sabah and a 45-year-old woman teacher in Ampang, Selangor are the latest victims of dengue.
Both of them died on July 17, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said yesterday. They were among the 528 people who came down with the disease last week.Dr Ismail said the man, who had diabetes, hypertension and breathing difficulty, developed a fever on July 11 but sought treatment at Hospital Sipitang only four days later.He was warded and confirmed to be suffering from dengue. He developed complications two days later and died.
"There were 16 cases of dengue in the area where he lived and checks outside his house showed aedes mosquitos breeding in empty containers," Dr Ismail said.
As for the teacher, he said, she had hypertension and lived in Ampang where there were five dengue outbreaks with 77 cases in the last two months. The teacher, who fell ill on July 13, initially sought treatment at a private clinic and when her condition did not improve the following day, she went to Ampang Hospital where she was treated as an outpatient.However, when her condition worsened on July 15, she was admitted to the hospital but succumbed to the disease two days later.The total number of dengue cases so far this year was 26,974 with 66 deaths compared with 24,726 cases with 61 deaths for the corresponding period last year.Dr Ismail said 33 aedes mosquito "hot spots" had been identified, with many of them here, Selangor and Putrajaya. Last week, the ministry issued 186 compounds for a total of RM33,000 and 377 clean-up notices to members of the public for breeding aedes mosquitoes.