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Current Outbreak Of Dengue And Its Consecuences In Health And Society

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With the current dengue outbreak being the worst since 2010, deaths from this dangerous disease have reached 25 from more than 12,000 people infected. The four fold increase in rates from last year shows this years outbreak reaching worrying heights. A number of measures are being taken to try and contain the outbreak and stabilise numbers as the year progresses. These include the use of BTi for the first time in Malaysia by the MoH and local councils in fogging programs, the continuing development of a tetravalent vaccine that's in the late stages of clinical trials. A concerted effort on multiple platforms including social media has also helped raise awareness about this current epidemic. ...view middle of the document...

Comparing our efforts with our neighbours show certain countries being better equipped at dealing with outbreaks. Countries like Vietnam and the Philippines showing better concerted public health efforts in controlling vector breeding. Some have attributed these achievements to stricter control measures and implementation of enforcement. The lack of responsibility to abandoned building sites, and vacant land lots in Malaysia could possibly account for poor control of breeding sites. This should also make us question how future urban development, urban poverty and general social well being of urbanites could affect the pattern of future outbreaks. The economic climate of the country and particular urban regions could also affect how well our government is able to combat outbreaks and implement the necessary measures and bear the burden of this disease alongside that of non communicable diseases which is on the rise. This double burden of disease could pose further fractures to a health system...

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