October 28, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR – The number of dengue fever cases has increased by 137 cases compared with the week before, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said one death due to dengue fever complications was also reported.
He said in the 42nd Epidemiological Week (EW 42), the total number of cases had increased by 9.3% to 1,614 cases compared with 1,477 recorded in the previous week.
“The cumulative number of dengue fever cases reported thus far is 48,109 cases compared with 21,308 cases for the same period last year, which is an increase of 26,801 cases (125.8%),” he said in a statement yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham said 29 deaths due to dengue complications were reported compared with 16 deaths reported in the same period in 2021 – an increase of 13 deaths (81.3%).
According to him, a total of 51 hotspot localities were reported in EW 42 compared with 53 hotspot localities in the previous week.
Dr Noor Hisham said 39 of the localities were in Selangor, Sabah (11), Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (eight) and one hotspot each in Kedah and Melaka.
He added that rain and the hot weather were the perfect breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes.
Therefore, the public is advised to check and destroy potential Aedes mosquito breeding places around the house for at least 10 minutes every week.
Regarding chikungunya, Dr Noor Hisham said surveillance recorded a total of seven cases in the EW 42 with three cases reported in Penang, two in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya and one case each in Selangor and Melaka.
“The cumulative number of chikungunya cases to date is 669 cases,” he said. — Bernama