Four cases death due to dengue in Ipoh, cases increase by 285.1 percent

By Aida Aziz

IPOH: Four deaths have been recorded due to dengue complications in the administrative area of the Ipoh City Council (MBI) this year.

According to the Mayor of Ipoh, Datuk Rumaizi Baharin, as of May 25, a total of 2,380 dengue cases have been reported.

He stated that this shows an increase of 1,762 cases or 285.1 percent compared to 618 cases in the same period last year.

“As of May 27 this year, there are 23 controlled outbreak localities, four uncontrolled outbreak localities, and one hotspot.

“Taman Sri Tanjung reported nine cases, which ended on May 30.

“Four deaths were reported in January, February, and May.

“The locations were Sungai Rapat, Silibin, Pekan Razaki, and Taman Ipoh Timor,” he said.

He stated this after chairing the Full Council Meeting for May here today.

“The fluctuation of dengue cases in the MBI administrative area is closely related to the hot, dry weather and intermittent continuous rain.

“This causes the Aedes mosquito density pattern to be in a risk situation for the spread of dengue cases.

“Moreover, the presence of infective adult mosquitoes and virus carriers, i.e., people infected with dengue, continues to exist around the city based on ongoing case occurrences,” he added.

In this regard, he said, efforts for prevention, control, and health promotion related to dengue awareness by MBI and related parties are continuously carried out to curb these cases.

“The community needs to be proactive in continuously tackling the dengue outbreak through communal efforts to eliminate breeding sites in their homes.

“Spend 10 minutes once a week to search for and destroy Aedes breeding sites,” he said.

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