Dengue on the rise in Kedah

DENGUE cases in Kedah have increased by 40% this year compared to the corresponding period, said Kedah Health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail.

“The state recorded 125 cases since Feb 7, an increase of 36 cases from 89 cases last year.

“No deaths caused by dengue have been reporter so far,” he said in a recent state-ment.

Nine out of 11 districts in Kedah, added Dr Norhizan, showed an increase in dengue cases and they were Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar, Padang Terap, Baling, Kulim, Bandar Baharu, Yan, Sik and Pendang.

“There are two localities facing an epidemic, at Kampung Raja in Yan and Taman Seri Bersatu in Baling.

“Up to Feb 7, the state Health Department had carried out inspections at 40,531 premises and 636 were found to be mosquito larvae breeding grounds,” he said.

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