Drop In Dengue Cases, No Reports On Zika Virus Infection

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PUTRAJAYA, Jul 17 – The number of dengue cases nationwide has decreased from 2,017 in the previous week to 1,512 cases between July 3 and July 9 (week-27) or equivalent to a 25% drop. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although the weekly trend of cases seemed to be similar each year during the festive season when patients do not go for treatment at clinics, there may be an increase in dengue cases two weeks after the holiday season. 

Dr Noor Hisham said the cumulative cases of dengue from January up to July 9 showed a decline of 5.4% (3,354 cases) with 59,294 cases this year as compared to 62,648 cases for the corresponding period last year. He in a statement here today said during the same period, a total of 134 deaths had been reported compared to 173 deaths for the corresponding period in 2015, with a decrease of 22.5% or 39 deaths. 

The number of outbreak localities also showed a drop from 660 localities (week-26) to 617 localities (week-27), he said. Dr Noor Hisham explained that, however, most of these localities were uncontrollable and had transformed into a hotspot (an outbreak for more than a month) as its environment is still dirty.

He said, the average breeding rate for Aedes mosquitoes at hotspot areas is 3.5%, which is more than the standard set by the World Health Organisation, specifically less by one per cent. As such, he said, the Health Ministry urges the public to clean up the surroundings of their residence and take time each week to locate and eradicate Aedes breeding spots.

Meanwhile, with regard to the Zika virus, Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 507 blood samples had been tested by the National Public Health Laboratory and the Institute for Medical Research, however, there had been no cases detected up till July 7. — Bernama

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