Dengue Deaths In Malaysia Increase 53%

Sept. 29, 2010, 10:42 a.m.

Dengue Fever Deaths In Malaysia Increase By 53% This Year, Government Official Says

A Malaysian government official on Monday said the country had experienced a 53 percent increase in the number of deaths from dengue fever this year, Agence France-Presse reports. "There was a major rise in deaths due to dengue fever, with 107 deaths so far this year compared to 70 deaths for the same period last year," said Muhyiddin Yassin, the deputy premier. According to the news service, "Muhyiddin was cool on a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes designed to combat dengue fever, in a proposed landmark field trial that has come in for criticism from environmentalists." He said that approach would not be used "at the moment" (9/20).


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