SUBRAMANIAM-DENGUE/BM CARRY OUT DIAGNOSIS OF DENGUE IF PATIENTS HAVE HIGH FEVER, BODY ACHE-DOCTORS TOLD
July 2 19:10
PUTRAJAYA,Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramianiam today urged all doctors in public and private
hospitals to carry out diagnosis of dengue on patients with high fever and body ache.He said this was
to detect the dengue virus at the earliest stage possible and hence, avoid death due to dengue.
"We have such cases where patients with dengue fever were not detected earlier as confirmation on the
diagnosis can only be obtained within three to four days and it is too long," he told a press conference
Dr Subramaniam said dengue fever normally caused death among patients with asthma, heart ailments and
diabetes.He said this time around, the dengue outbreak was more serious and could cause severe damage on
internal organs, such as liver and kidneys."The Institute of Medical Research (IMR) is in the midst of
examining factors contributing to the increase in dengue cases, including dengue stereotypes and strengths.
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The minister said dengue outbreak also occurred at neighbouring countries, including Singapore, which
recorded 600 cases so far, as well as southern Thailand and Philippine.He said between January and June
28 this year, Malaysia had recorded 44,518 dengue cases, an increase of 12,858 cases from 31,660 cases
recorded in the corresponding period last year.
A special Cabinet committee to tackle dengue issues led by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to hold its first meeting on July 14, he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Subramaniam in a statement said following the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) case reported in Penang,
the ministry had fogged the areas and destroyed all mosquito breeding grounds within 2-km radius from the patient's
school and house, including the nearby pig farms.
He said active case detection (ACD) activity had also been done involving 715 pupils attending the same school
as the patient, and 1,066 other students from nearby secondary schools, but none showed any symptoms of JE.
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"A total of 301 residents near the area had also been examined and found free from all symptoms," he said.
Dr Subramaniam said fogging, destroying of mosquito breeding grounds and larvaciding activities had also been carried out in 476 premises so far.Muhammad Ammar Muqrish Zulkiffli, 12, from Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung
Selamat in Tasek Gelugor, Penang was reported to have been infected by JE and had been treated for over a month
at a private hospital in Bayan Baru, Penang.