THE number of dengue cases in Penang from Jan 1 to March 28 has seen a sharp increase of 170.29% or 894 cases compared with the same corresponding period last year.
State Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said 1,419 cases were reported during this period compared with only 525 cases last year.
“Five dengue-related deaths were reported this year.
“There were 60 dengue cases reported in Week 12 (March 22 to 28) compared with 56 cases in Week 11 (March 15 to 21), an increase of four cases or 7.14%.
“There are six controlled outbreak locality in Penang namely at Persiaran Bukit Kecil and Taman Sahabat (southwest district), Taman Alma and Perkampungan Berapit (central Seberang Prai), Telok Air Tawar and Taman Sukaria (north Seberang Prai),” he said in a statement recently.
Dr Afif added that the two dengue hotspots were at the Sri Bayu Flats and Bandar Baru Teluk Kumbar in the southwest district.
He advised the public to play a role in fighting the outbreak by constantly checking their homes and surrounding areas to identify and destroy the Aedes mosquito breeding grounds.
“They can also get abate from government health clinics to kill the mosquito larvae.
“Besides that, the public should also take part in gotong-royong activities in their housing areas to clean up potential breeding grounds,” he said.
Dr Afif urged the public to give their full co-operation to health officers conducting fogging activities in their areas.
“The public should apply insect repellent and wear long sleeves or long pants while taking part in outdoor activities.
“Consult a doctor immediately if you develop dengue symptoms such as fever, body aches, vomiting, rashes or loss of appetite,” he added.