Dengue fever has existed for more than 300 years. During most of that time, it was described as unpleasant, but seldom a deadly disease. However, once a lethal variant called dengue haemorrhagic fever or DHF appeared in the 1950s, the intensity, frequency and deadliness of the disease outbreaks have started.
Updated: July 3, 2015
The hot tropical climate of Malaysia presents a perfect opportunity for mosquitoes to thrive and spread diseases. Dengue is one of them. According to various sources , The number of dengue cases reported this year is close to 50,000, a 74% increase over the corresponding period last year. Worse of all, the death toll is 157, which is double of same corresponding last year . The new strain is also causing inflammation to the brain along with “acute liver failure” and inflammation of the liver. Reeling from a severe dengue outbreak, the Health Ministry is still searching for answers. Unfortunately, wherever you are, in a jungle or high-rising building, there is no guarantee that you will escape mosquito bites. However, there are habits that, if you maintain on a daily basis, will you guard you and your family from mosquito harm.
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Rats have always been major pests in cities throughout the world. The rat population in Kuala Lumpur, in particualar, was estimated at 6.8 millions in 2013. That’s nearly five times the human population in the city which is around 1.58 millions. Yet the rats’ true abomination isn’t in their shocking numbers only, but also the deadly diseases they carry in their urine and droppings such as leptospirosis.