Japanese encephalitis : Another mosquito borne menace

The incidence of Japanese encephalitis(JE) has been very low in Malaysia, although outbreaks has been reported in the past. The recent case in Penang, where JE virus was detected in the fluid surrounding the brain of a young boy who returned from a field trip, is likely to spark some concern. As with dengue, there are no known treatment for this virus, whose main reservoir is in pigs and birds. It is the Culex mosquitoes(pic) that transmits them to humans.

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University Doctors Ignored

The unhappiness amongst medical doctors lecturing at public universities is nothing new. Despite additional duties of teaching and researching, these doctors have to perform their clinical duties at the attached teaching hospital. All these for an equivalent salary as compared to their counterparts in the Ministry of Health. Teaching allowance is only a pittance.

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