Without realising it, as more attention is paid to COVID cases, the number of dengue cases is also rising along.
Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia(KKM) has recently updated the number of dengue cases in Malaysia. It is reported that there is a tremendous increase in dengue cases.
As per the 47th Epidemiology Week (20-26 November 2022), there is an increase of 8.9% cases. The number of cases recorded during week 46 which is 1593 increased to 1734 on week 47.No deaths were recorded during this period. Selangor holds the highest record of dengue cases which is 824 cases. The continuous increase has set an alarming rate since the end of the MCO.
Below is the data accumulated by KKM as per the 47th Epidemiology Week (20-26 November 2022).
According to the statement by KKM, recreational parks and playgrounds are considered the hotspot of becoming a source of dengue fever infection. This is due to the improper environment management that leads to abandoned garbage and containers.
The practice of throwing used containers everywhere, including in empty lots, can threaten health through infections such as dengue fever and affect the sustainability of the environment. Therefore, every household needs to cultivate the culture of keeping the environment clean.
KKM has suggested individuals that carry out activities at parks to utilize personal protection such as wearing repellant on the skin especially during the peak mosquito hours. To stay away from dengue, KKM has also stated the time that individuals should be careful when conducting activities or leisure at parks- 5 am to 7 am and 5 pm to 7 pm is seem to be time that should be alerted of.
Stay updated with KKM to get the current dengue news and stay safe.