A warning has been sounded for the public to watch out for dengue and other water-borne diseases with the coming rainy season, which is expected to worsen due to the impending La Nina weather phenomenon.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has expressed concern that despite the lower number of dengue cases this year, the number of fatalities has risen.
> In Sibu alone, there has been a dramatic 589% increase in the number of cases
>The World Meteorological Organisation announced that La Nina, which brings strong rainfall in
Malaysia, is developing and likely to strengthen in the coming months;
> The ministry has initiated various measures to curb the disease, including a “Let’s Destroy
Aedes” campaign, putting doctors and hospitals on alert, expanding fogging operations and
keeping open its operations room on weekends.