Dengue Cases Fall In 16th Week, No Zika Virus Infection Reported

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 – Dengue fever cases throughout the country dropped 13.3 per cent for the week April 17 to 23, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said there were 1,607 dengue fever cases reported nationwide during the period compared to 1,854 cases the week before.

“Only five states recorded increases in cases namely the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, 32 cases (25.2 per cent), Negeri Sembilan 10 cases (55.6 per cent), Kelantan 6 cases (14.6 per cent), Perlis 4 cases (100 per cent) and Pahang 2 cases (6.5 per cent),” he said in a statement here yesterday night.

He said two deaths were reported during the 16th week in Selangor involving those aged in their 30’s from dengue fever complications. He said both deaths took place in epidemic areas and inspections conducted at the residential areas of dengue fatalities showed an Aedes breeding rate of 3 per cent which exceeded the target of one per cent set by the Health Ministry.

Dr Noor Hisham said the cumulative dengue cases from January to April 23 showed an increase of 10.8 per cent (4,165 cases) at 42,682 cases compared to 38,517 cases during the same period last year. He said during the period, there were 94 deaths compared to 120 deaths for the period in 2015, which was a fall of 21.7 per cent (26 deaths).

The ministry also found the percentage of epidemic localities showed a fall of 10 per cent from 744 localities on week 15 to 672 localities on the 16th week, said Dr Noor Hisham. According to him, the localities of hotspots also dropped from 145 areas on the week before to 136 localities on week 16 involving six states namely Selangor (102 localities), Johor (27 localities), Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Sarawak and Perak two localities respectively and Negeri Sembilan (one locality).

He said 69,984 premises were inspected through major Aedes Breeding Enforcement operations throughout the country until April 24. He said a total of 390 compounds were issued with a total value of RM195,000. He also said that four out of 106 construction sites inspected were closed and they were all in Selangor.

He added that there were seven cases were taken to court with five cases in Selangor and one each in Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu. On Zika virus infection, Dr Noor Hisham said 462 samples were tested by the National Public Health Laboratory (MKAK) as well as the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) but no virus infection was detected in the country as at April 23.

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