MALAYSIA - Malaysia has set up a task force to combat dengue fever as deaths from the mosquito-borne tropical disease have soared, Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday.
"We hope the establishment of this special task force will be able to curb the rise in dengue cases and at the same time implement preventive measures more effectively throughout the country," Mr Najib was quoted by the Star as saying.
Eighty-two people have died from the flu-like illness from January until June 21, more than triple the number in the same period last year.
The number of cases have soared 3.5 times to more than 42,000, according to health ministry figures, AFP reported.
The deadliest year on record in Malaysia was 2010 when there were 134 dengue deaths. More than 43,000 cases were reported last year, with 92 deaths, up from 35 in 2012.
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