Worrying Dengue Statistics in Malaysia. Things You Should Know.
On the rise
PUTRAJAYA: A total of 38,080 dengue cases were reported nationwide between Jan 1 and yesterday, the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) revealed today.
Selangor – Malaysia’s most populous state – topped the list with 22,343 dengue cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (3,084), Johor (3,051), Penang (2,173), Sabah (1,717) and Kelantan (1,164).
Labuan reported the lowest number of cases in the same period, at just 15
A total of 59 dengue-related deaths were recorded between Jan 1 and March 29.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was reported as saying that Wolbachia-infected Aedes mosquitoes will be released in 10 localities in the Klang Valley beginning July as part of efforts to stem the spread of dengue in hotspot areas.
The initiative is expected to reduce the infection rate by 60 to 70 percent.
The program will see Wolbachia bacteria being injected into Aedes mosquito larvae, which arrests the development of the virus which causes dengue.
Don’t be one of the dengue statistics in Malaysia
The news above is pulled directly from the New Straits Times online newspage, dated April 7th, 2019. Dengue fever has always been a serious issue since Malaysia shifted her economy into industrialization. It’s inevitable that the more we produce the more waste we generate, and we always come up short in terms of managing the waste be it at the top-level of industrial big guns down to individual citizens.
What can you do as an individual? Take care of your immediate surroundings first. Most dengue cases emerged from the area where the patients live. Look for clogged drains, dead leaves jamming old gutters, discarded old tyres, and used bottles that can accumulate rainwater. These are the usual suspects that create fertile egg-laying habitats of Aedes mosquitoes.
It’s not fun being infected with dengue. Talking from experience, I still feel the pain of losing a family member to this mischievous virus. It was a horrifying event that keeps reminding me of how serious this problem is. Being apathetic is easy until it strikes somewhere close to you. So take action now.
Symptoms of dengue
Dengue is difficult to recognize as it shares a few common symptoms with other sicknesses like influenza, malaria, and zika. Watch out if you have these six tell tales;
- A high fever
- Severe headaches
- Pain behind eyes
- Skin rashes
- Muscles and joints pain
All these symptoms will prompt your General Practitioner to look into the possibility of dengue infection.
The diagnostic is usually made from a blood test result after three days a patient enduring high fever.
The illness may progress to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, bruising, and uncontrolled bleeding. High fever can last from 2 to 7 days. Complications can lead to circulatory system failure and shock, and can be fatal (also known as Dengue Shock Syndrome).
Serious cases of dengue will require hospitalization for at least 5 to 10 days.
Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for dengue fever due to the nature of the evolving virus. All the treatments available are symptomatic treatments solely for managing pain and discomfort. The most important is to keep up with fluid intake and have plenty of rest.
Close monitoring of blood platelet level is required throughout the treatment. If the level falls too low, that’s usually a signal for blood transfusion to be carried out immediately. Normally, one can’t avoid being hospitalized to facilitate treatments.
Real case on January 2019
One of Life Engineering Sharer exhibited all the symptoms of classical dengue and hospitalization was necessary. He was admitted into Ramsay Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya (SJMC) on the 30th December 2018. He spent the new year’s eve on the RM150 per night hospital bed and stayed under careful observation for the next 10 days.
The total cost of his hospital stay and treatment came up to a total of RM2719 which is quite some amount to be forked out out of the blue. Being a sharer, all other sharers in Life Engineering community came together to ease the pain. The cost was divided among 500 members and each had to share only RM18 on the 24th of January 2019. Life Engineering is very honored to be a platform Malaysian can rely on as proven by this case.
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