More dengue cases recorded this year

DENGUE cases in Penang saw an increase of 5% or 71 cases from Jan 1 to March 26, compared with the figure for the same corresponding period last year.

State Health Committee chair-man Dr Afif Bahardin said 1,490 cases were reported during this period compared with last year’s 1,419.

He added that the state also recorded an increase of 80% or four dengue-related deaths during the same period.

There are nine deaths reported so far this year, compared with five in the same period last year.

“However, there is a decrease of 15.8% or nine cases as 48 dengue cases were reported from March 20 to 26 compared with 57 cases reported from March 13 to 19.

“There are four controlled out-break areas — Desa Green, Pelangi Apartment, Alma Estate and Delima Intan Apartment,” he said in a statement.

He added that one dengue hotspot was in Zone B Permatang Tinggi in central Seberang Prai.

Dr Afif reminded the public to continue fighting the outbreak, by constantly checking their homes and surrounding areas to identify and destroy Aedes mosquito breeding grounds.

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