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Thursday, 23 November 2017 | MYT 6:31 PM

Malaria on the rise in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Malaria is among infectious diseases that registered an increase in Sabah with 1,660 cases reported from January to Nov 11 this year, the state legislative assembly was told.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah said it was an increase of 173.5% compared to the corresponding period last year.

Yong said the highest number of cases was in Ranau at 273, followed by Keningau (270), Tenom (171), Kudat (110) and Nabawan (110).

"Among the control and preventive measures for the disease are early detection and treatment, integrated vector management as well as collaboration with other agencies," he said when replying to a question from Datuk Abd Muis Picho (BN-Sebatik) on Thursday.

Abd Muis had wanted to know about infectious diseases in the country and preventive measures taken to avoid them.

Yong said tuberculosis (TB) cases also recorded an increase with 4,251 or 1.12% reported during the same period with Kota Kinabalu recording a steep rise of 711 cases, followed by Tawau (463), Sandakan (414), Lahad Datu (288) and Semporna (287).

"A total of 1,186 foreign workers in Sabah suffered from TB," he said.

Yong, however said, the number of dengue cases in the state dropped to 2,074 cases or 36.26% compared to 3,245 cases in the corresponding period last year.

He added that Kota Kinabalu recorded the highest number of cases at 374, followed by Sandakan (235), Tawau (259), Semporna (189) and Lahad Datu (165).

Five cases of dengue deaths had also been reported this year, he said. -Bernama