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A total of 56.532 cases of dengue with at least 158 deaths nationwide from January to June this year.
National Dengue Operation Room (CPRC), the Health Ministry said in a statement on the website http://idengue.remotesensing.gov.my, Selangor continued to report the highest contributor with 32,483 cases recorded during the period.
It was followed by Perak (5,690 cases), Johor (4,277), Kuala Lumpur (3,578), Penang (2,725) and Sabah (1,404). The increase in dengue cases continue to make the public to stay alert and be aware of their surroundings.
Recognizing dengue is now a health threat to the country, Sanofi Pasteur organized a media workshop in conjunction with the ASEAN Dengue Day to share the latest information on public attitudes towards the epidemic that threatens the country.Dengue is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of the fastest spreading on the planet, more than malaria, which infects at least 390 million people each year.
What is more alarming, when compared with the same period in 2014, deaths due to dengue was nearly 50 percent higher in the first quarter of 2015, with a total of 136 deaths were reported. This means that more than one death occurs every day in the first quarter 2015.Managing Director of the Sanofi Pasteur vaccines division (Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei), Baptiste De Clarens said, following an increase of dengue in Malaysia at the moment, build awareness of dengue should be prioritized.
"In 2014, there was a very high increase in cases of dengue, which is three times more than in 2013. However, what is more worrying is the attitude not what the public about dengue this topic."At Sanofi Pasteur, we feel responsible urged Malaysians to pay attention to dengue. Important for Malaysians to understand the risks of dengue and take proactive steps to protect themselves from the epidemic that is spreading across the country, "he said at a media workshop in conjunction with the ASEAN Dengue Day in Petaling Jaya recently.
Carried by Aedes aegypti, dengue rages in the tropics, with the risk of local variations are influenced by rain, temperature, and rapid urban development and unplanned.
These are the main factors that make Malaysia a high-risk countries. In fact, dengue is endemic in Malaysia where all four serotypes of the dengue virus were found.
Senior Director and Consultant Clinical Microbiology Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (PPUKM), Assoc Prof Dr Zetti Mohamed Rashid said, an increasing number of young people infected with dengue.
"The notion that dengue usually affects children or the elderly and infirm people who are wrong. On the other hand, more active lifestyle, the higher the risk.
"Many young people, especially those with busy daily routine, risk being bitten by an infected mosquito, during their daily routine. All stages of the life-Kiti dengue, even the highest recorded cases among adolescents and young people aged between 15 and 29 years, "he said.Although the number of cases among children is declining, at around 90 per cent of adults in Malaysia were found to be seropositive, this means that dengue antibodies in the body because they are infected with dengue before.
Seropositivite rate was also found to increase with age. Although infection and recovery of the four dengue serotypes provides lifelong immunity to the type serotype may be, but subsequent infection or secondary infection by another serotype of dengue will increase the risk of more severe dengue or dengue haemorrhagic fever (dengue haemorrhagic fever, DHF).
Therefore, adolescents and young adults are at higher risk for more severe dengue infection. Seropositivite a high rate in the population also indicates that the spread of dengue in Malaysia would remain for a long time.
In a study sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur and conducted by global market research company Ipsos, entitled 'Dengue: Knowledge and Understanding Consumer Behavior', the results showed that while 96 percent of 500 adults polled know about dengue, only 38 percent consider dengue fever as a life-threatening illness and only 11 percent feel they are at risk of contracting dengue.Those who take preventive measures such as ensuring a clean environment and prevent the accumulation of water, feel that they are not at risk.
This is a dangerous assumption, because transmission occurs from an infected individual to a mosquito and then to another individual.
Meanwhile, a lecturer from the Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur (UMMC), Prof Datin Dr Chia Yook Chin explained that patients with the most serious symptoms of dengue usually because the slow track.Obviously, a person infected with dengue can undermine even the most healthy individuals than in others. Most patients experience pain, nausea, fatigue and depressed because they are concerned about the level of platelets.
"People need to remember that there is no known cure for dengue and the only way to recover from this infection depends on your body's own immune system.
"The best prevention is to avoid being bitten by the dengue mosquito. However, with our busy daily routine, this is not an easy option, especially for young people fit and active.
"You have to be smart to arrange outdoor activities, avoid out during the evening and early morning when mosquitoes are most active. Take necessary precautions and wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors and use mosquito repellent, "he said.
Severe dengue can cause organ damage, severe bleeding, dehydration, and even death. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 500,000 people are hospitalized each year because of severe dengue and about 2.5 per cent of those infected have died because of it.
Also present, Associate Medical Director of Sanofi Pasteur Malaysia, Dr Shahnun Ahmad and Managing Director of Ipsos, Katherine Davis.
So, let us all prevent dengue so that our beloved ones will always be with us. Thank you for reading!