Malaysia dengue death toll up after two fatalities

PUTRAJAYA - Two more people, a housewife and an elderly man, have died of dengue fever in the country.

Their deaths have brought dengue fatalities to 27 so far this year, exceeding last year's total of 24 casualties recorded in the same period.

The 45-year-old housewife from Perlis and the manager from Penang, who was reported to be in his 80s, died last week due to what is medically termed as Dengue Shock Syndrome.

"The number of cases reported (last week) was 715, a 9% increase from the week before, where 658 cases were reported," deputy health director-general (public health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said.

Dr Lokman said the Health Ministry would launch a nationwide operation dubbed Ops Gempur to strengthen its enforcement on dengue hotspots starting tomorrow.

The full list of the Ops Gempur hotspots may be viewed at www.moh.gov.my.

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