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87 malaria cases recorded in Selangor as of Oct 14

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Selangor has up to Oct 14 this year recorded 87 Malaria cases said chairman of the state permanent committee on Health, Welfare, Women and Family Development, Dr Daroyah Alwi.

She said malaria control activities were under the Health Ministry and the Selangor State Health Department (JKNS) aims to reduce the mortality and morbidity of the disease, as well reduce the occurrence of repeat cases in areas which have been cleared of the disease.

To reduce the number of deaths from malaria, she said, JKNS had instructed all hospitals in Selangor to monitor the history of movement of patients who had gone to the affected locations within a month.

"The monitoring is also for people at risk of contracting the disease, such as loggers, Orang Asli, hunters, tourists or residents living near the forests as well as anyone else who may have come in direct contact with the macaque monkey," she said at the Selangor State Assembly sitting here.

Daroyah was replying to a question from Dr Halimah Ali (PAS-Selat Kelang) on the status of the disease and what action has been taken by the state government to ensure foreign visitors did not bring in the disease.


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