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Published: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 7:50:59 AM

88 dengue deaths recorded as at Dec 21

PUTRAJAYA: Dengue fever has claimed 88 victims up to Dec 21 this year, which is an increase of 151% from the 35 fatal cases during the same period last year, says the Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Except for Terengganu and Labuan, the other states with fatalities were Selangor, which recorded the highest number of deaths at 24 cases, followed by Johor with 21 fatalities, he added.

Malacca had nine fatalities; Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, eight; Penang, seven; Perak, Sarawak and Sabah had four each; Kelantan and Pahang, two each; while Perlis, Kedah and Negri Sembilan had one death each.

He said the rise in dengue cases had been significant in 12 states compared to last year, which included Malacca with 229%; Johor (191%); Selangor (152%); Negri Sembilan (100%); Perak (42%), Labuan (40%); Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (39%); Penang (31%); and Perlis (30%).

He said a total of 41,226 cases were reported up to Dec 21 throughout the country, which was a jump of 92% or 19,782 cases, compared with the 21,444 cases reported during the same period of last year. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Health, dengue

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