Firms urged to step up fight against dengue in the workplace

MALAYSIA: Security and health services company International SOS has called on organisations to intensify their dengue prevention programmes, and protect their communities and workers against the disease.

Malaysia reported 27,915 dengue cases between 1 January and 16 July 2022, up more than 80% from the 15,226 cases recorded over the same period in 2021.

"Dengue is an increasing problem, with more cases, outbreaks becoming larger and more common, and the disease appearing in new areas," Chan Yanjun, Medical Director for International SOS in Singapore and Malaysia, said. "This is evident in Malaysia with the spike in cases reported so far this year."

International SOS said organisations should be involved in mosquito control and infection prevention measures to lower community transmission of dengue.

Some measures include promoting awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease among employees, encouraging good practices for dengue prevention and establishing coordination with local communities to support mosquito control programmes.

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