Global warming may be cause of sharp rise in dengue cases: Liow
By ONG HAN SEAN
BENTONG: Global warming and changing weather patterns appear to have led to an “alarming” rise in dengue cases and deaths in the region.
“Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand are seeing an increase in dengue cases, as well. This could be due to the rainy season and global warming.
“The changing weather appears to cause the mosquitoes to breed faster,” he said.
As a result, public cooperation was vital in the fight against the disease, he said.
“The ministry cannot fight this war alone. We need the concerted effort of everyone to reduce the number of dengue deaths,” he said.
The death toll from dengue cases this year, as of Sunday, had already hit 100 compared to 67 last year, said Liow.
“During the same period last year, there were 29,183 reported cases. This year, we’re already up to 31,375 cases. The situation now is really alarming,” he told reporters after launching the second Bentong Health Carnival Sunday.
He urged the public to give its full cooperation to the ministry’s gotong-royong programmes to combat dengue.
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