Friday, September 18, 2009

Increase In Dengue And Chikungunya Cases

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 (Bernama) -- A total of 478 cases of dengue fever were recorded by the Health Ministry from Sept 6 to 12, an increase of 68 cases or 17 per cent from the previous week which recorded 410 cases.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Marican, in a statement here said, nine states recorded an increase in the number of dengue cases for the week from Sept 6 to 12.

They are Pahang (83 per cent), Sarawak (67 per cent), Sabah (67 per cent), Kedah (43 per cent), Terengganu (38 per cent), Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (33 per cent), Melaka (11 per cent), Selangor (six per cent) and Penang (four per cent).

No death due to dengue was reported during the week, he added.

The total of accumulated dengue cases so far this year, until Sept 12, is 30,588 cases, including 69 deaths, compared with 31,806 cases in the corresponding period last year.

Dr Mohd Ismail said 24 hot spot localities had been reported, comprising 15 in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur (four), Johor (four) and one in Perak.

On Chikugunya, he said, a total of 18 cases were reported this week, from 16 in the previous week.

"Generally, there was a drop in the number of cases in all states, except Sarawak and Pahang, he added.

He advised those going back to their home towns for Hari raya to ensure that they did not leave containers which could be breeding grounds for mosquitoes at home. - Bernama

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