Dengue as reported last month seems to be out breaking the number, especially in Selangor. Lately, Selangor has been one of the states that hold the most number of hotspots leaving threat too many.
According to reports by The Star, Dengue fever cases increased by 3.5% to 2,018 cases during the 51st Epidemiological Week of 2022 (EW51/22) from December 18 to December 24 compared to 1,950 cases the week before. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a statement today, said one death due to dengue fever complications was also reported during the week.
The cumulative number of dengue fever cases reported so far is 64,078 cases compared to 25,794 cases for the corresponding period in 2021, an increase of 148.4 percent. At the same time, a total of 50 deaths due to dengue complications were also reported, compared to 19 deaths during the same period last year.
“Some 58 hotspot localities were reported this week, 32 of which were in Selangor, Sabah (16), Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (six), and Penang (four),” he said.
Dr. Noor Hisham stated that 16 cases of chikungunya were reported in EW51/22, with 10 cases in Penang, Perak, and Negeri Sembilan (two each), as well as one case in each of Selangor and Pahang.
“As for Zika surveillance, a total of 2,181 blood samples and 18 urine samples were screened, and the results were all negative,” he said.
Dr. Noor Hisham also recommended that the community should conduct gotong-royong to end the life cycle of the Aedes mosquito and further reduce the number of dengue fever cases.
Prevention is better than cure, and with that let’s put our hands together to stop the spread of Dengue.
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