Malaysian PM advises caution against dengue

February 18, 2015 6:07 am 

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 17 — Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday advised the people to take precautionary measures against dengue fever and immediately seek assistance if afflicted with this viral disease.

The prime minister said precautionary measures must be taken immediately because the number of dengue fever cases was rising by the day.

He gave the advice in the latest post on his Twitter account. The tweet was accompanied by infographics on the steps to take when struck by dengue fever.

These measures include seeking doctor's advice; drinking plenty of boiled water and resting; avoiding consumption of aspirin by children below 12; bathing to bring down body temperature and drink paracetamol for fever and pain.

Director-General of Health Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah reported last Friday that 15,039 dengue fever cases had been recorded so far this year up to Feb 7, up by 59 percent or 5,586 cases compared to the 9,453 cases for the corresponding period last year.

Forty-four dengue deaths were reported this year up to Feb 7 as compared to 17 during the corresponding period last year. (PNA/Bernama)

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