Excerpt from The Star newspaper on January 15, 2015: A Hospital Kuala Lumpur spokesman said the hospital had observed in the past year that patients with four other symptoms should also be given medical attention as soon as possible for them to be better managed.
The signs were abdominal pains which did not improve even after defecating, bleeding from the nose or gums or blood in the stool, vomiting three times or more within 24 hours, including retching, and young patients feeling extraordinarily weak or lethargic, he said.
“If the patients have these symptoms, they need to see a doctor and get a blood test immediately. These are symptoms doctors must be alert to and consider admission,” he said.
In recent times, HKL doctors have begun to intervene even before the fever subsided, especially among patients who exhibit such symptoms.
“If the patient is treated early, the dengue shock syndrome may be avoided,” the spokesman said.
It is very important for everyone to do their bit to stop dengue mosquitoes breeding around their home. All it takes is one person with dengue fever in your neighbourhood to be bitten by a dengue mosquito, and then that mosquito can start infecting other people with the virus. To reduce your risk of getting dengue just remember these three simple steps: Tip It, Store It, Throw It.
Tip out water from things like pot plant bases, plastic containers, tarpaulins, tin cans or buckets.
Store anything that can hold water undercover or in a dry place, including tyres, gardening equipment, toys and buckets.
Throw out any rubbish lying around your yard like leaves in gutters, rubbish in clogged drainage and unused containers or tyres.
Know the time dengue mosquitoes bite: The dengue mosquito has two peak periods of biting activity: in the morning for several hours after daybreak and in the late afternoon for several hours before dark. Nevertheless, the mosquito may feed at any time during the day, especially indoors, in shady areas, or when it is overcast.
Excerpt from the news: “Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said he was worried this could be an indicator that the dengue situation this year could be far worse than last year. … private clinics or hospitals had failed to detect 99 per cent of dengue cases of patients who came to seek treatment on their first visit.”
As of 20 December, the number of dengue cases in Malaysia is still higher than for the same period in 2013. There has been an increase of 16.4% in the number of reported new cases compared with the previous week.
• Cumulative number of reported cases: 103,610
• Cumulative number of deaths reported: 199
The total number of reported dengue cases shows a marked seasonal pattern. The number of cases declined gradually from week 38 to week 47, however since week 48, the number of cases have fluctuated with a slight increase.
Cumulative cases reported until 6 December 2014.
• Cumulative number of reported cases: 17,992
• Cumulative number of deaths: 4