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Dengue Spike in the Midst of COVID-19

Our state has recorded 1,351 dengue fever cases since January this year up until May 2, which is an 11.3 percent spike compared to 1, 214 cases in a similar duration last year.

Health Director of Perak Health Department, Dato’ Dr Ding Lay Ming said that the Kinta District recorded the highest number of cases in 2020, which were 776 cases, followed by Batang Padang District with 126 and Larut, Matang and Selama (LMS) District with 96.

“Kinta District also showed the highest increase in dengue fever cases, by 135 percent compared to 2019,” she mentioned in a recent media statement. 

“Five out of six dengue hotspot localities are from Kinta, which were Kampung Chepor Tambahan (19 cases), Kampung Tersusun Batu 10 (25), Taman Klebang Jaya (11), Kampung Datuk Ahmad Said Tambahan (30) and RPT Chepor (19),” Ding explained. “The remaining dengue hotspot is Batang Padang’s Taman Bukit Hijau (17).”

“Up until May 2, one death was recorded at LMS District in January this year,” she added.

According to Ding, the root cause of Aedes mosquito breeding and spike in dengue fever cases is the public’s indiscriminate littering and ignorance towards cleanliness of surroundings.

“4,484 locations in Perak were found to be breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito,” she stated. “The Health Department and Kinta District Health Office are in efforts to eliminate confirmed breeding grounds.”

 

Rosli Mansor

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