KOTA KINABALU – Dengue fever is not to be taken lightly; instead people need to know how serious this perennial health menace is. Anyone can get dengue fever; with more than one-third of the world’s population living in areas at risk for infection.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 400 million people are infected yearly. Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. There are no vaccines to prevent infection with dengue virus and the most effective measures are to avoid mosquito bites.
Earlier this month, Sabah health director Dr Christina Rundi said that community effort to clean up any potential Aedes breeding grounds was crucial.
“Cleanliness is the factor for the rise in dengue cases. Fogging alone cannot eliminate dengue; it requires ‘gotong-royong’ to terminate the menace,” she said.
In just three-month dengue cases has risen to 32,535 cases nationwide which shows Selangor as the highest dengue cases with 19,162 cases with 52 deaths. – SayangSabah