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KUALA LUMPUR, June 23, 2015:

The country is on the brink of one of the largest dengue outbreak, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam warned.

The number of deaths compared with the same period last year, he explained, had doubled to 157 with over 40,000 reported cases.

“We are seeing more and more second time infections,” he told reporters after attending the ministry’s “Buka Puasa” event here this evening.

He said many of the patients were coming down with a different type of dengue strain the second time.

Subramaniam pointed out there were four different types of dengue virus and there were proper vaccines to deal with them.

“Patients can get infected by dengue up to four times.

“More and more patients who are coming in for treatment for the second time, are suffering from liver infection, brain infection and other more complicated problems.”

He urged the public to take extra precautions especially during the early morning hours and late evenings.

Subramaniam said there has been a drastic increase in cases in Penang and Johor, although authorities at all levels were working hard to deal with the outbreak.

He added the public must also play their part by making sure there are no mosquito breeding grounds in the areas where they live.

Subramaniam said dengue infection was a continuous problem in tropical countries but strict enforcement will help curb the problem.

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