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Thursday, 7 December 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Sharp increase in number of dengue cases this year

FROM January to Nov 30 this year, a total of 5,216 cases of dengue fever were reported in the state – a 51.2% increase from the 3,449 cases reported in the same period last year.

State Health Committee Chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said 11 deaths were reported this year as well, compared with 10 deaths in the same period last year.

Dr Mah said Kinta remains at the top of the list with the most cases reported this year so far, with 3,042 cases. This is a 64.5% increase from last year.

“The district with second-highest number of cases this year is Larut, Matang dan Selama, with 540 cases reported, a 162.1% increase from last year.

“Third is Kuala Kangsar, with 309 cases this year, a 96.8% increase from 2016,” he said in his speech during the Integrated Mega Gotong-Royong event held at Taman Loke Lim, Ipoh last Saturday.

Dr Mah also said, as of Nov 30, there are currently eight active outbreak locations in Perak with four in Kinta, two in Hilir Perak, and one each in Manjung and Kampar.

In Kinta, Kampung Das Tambahan 2, First Garden, Taman Menglembu Impiana Adril, and Taman Ehsan are on the list with a total of 10 cases reported.

Taman Seri Manggis and Taman Desa Laksamana are in Hilir Perak reported five cases, while Kampung Muhibbah in Manjung recorded 12 cases, and Mambang Diawan New Village in Kampar recorded two cases.

Dr Mah said Perak recorded a drastic increase of dengue cases particularly at the start of the year, with an average of 50 cases reported a week.

“Luckily, it has now decreased to below average level at 40 to 42 cases a week.

“This shows that, with cooperation from everyone, we are able to control the situation,” he said.

Dr Mah added that next year, health authorities are already predicting another drastic increase of dengue cases, especially in January and February due to the monsoon season.

“We need to ensure that this doesn’t happen. I want to remind everyone to be more responsible and clean up their surroundings to avoid unintentionally providing breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes,” he said.

Later, Dr Mah, together with Ipoh city Councillor Aldrich Low, walked around the residential area, which was marked as an active outbreak location earlier this year, to remind residents to be mindful and keep clean.

City council workers and Health department volunteers were also present to help clean up the area.