Tuesday, July 22, 2014

3,142 dengue cases reported last week

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 3,142 dengue fever cases were reported last week (Week 29), the highest number reported for this year.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah(pix) said it was an increase of 978 cases or 45 per cent compared to 2,164 cases the previous week.
"This brings the total number of cases this year to 51,987 compared to 14,755 in the corresponding period last year, an increase of almost 100 percent.
"A total of 94 deaths were reported compared to only 29 deaths last year, an increase of 65 deaths or 224 per cent," he said at a meeting with media practitioners, here today.
The public have been urged to maintain a clean environment, dispose waste properly and destroy mosquito breeding ground to check the rise of dengue cases.
States active in Communication Behaviour (Combi) projects such as Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Melaka had been effective in reducing dengue cases.
"Fogging only kills adult mosquitoes. Breeding grounds for mosquitoes must be destroyed to ensure mosquitoes do not breed in the home environment."
The Ministry of Health had issued compound totalling RM4.5 million nationwide this year on premises owners for breeding mosquitoes.
Dr Noor Hisham said inspections were carried out on a total of 2.5 million premises in which first offenders were compounded RM500.
"Second offenders can be charged in court and fined RM10,000 while repeat offenders can be fined RM50,000 or two years' jail."
He said 80 to 90 per cent of 800 construction sites in Selangor and Federal Territory were found to be Aedes positive.
The offenders were compounded, taken to court and had their operation closed until the areas were cleaned. – Bernama

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