Penang records an average of 11 dengue cases daily


State Health Department personnel checking out one of the new fogging machines at Komtar in Penang.

THE number of dengue cases in Penang has been dropping but the figure remains high at an average of 11.3 cases a day this year.

A total of 1,765 cases have been recorded this year until June 4, a drop of 612 cases or 25.75% compared with the 2,377 cases recorded in the corresponding period last year.

State Health Committeechairman Dr Afif Bahardin said 15 cases were recorded in the 22nd week of this year from May 29 to June 4, a drop of six cases when compared with 21 cases recorded in the previous week.

He said the number of dengue deaths this year remained at 10 until June 4.

Dr Afif said Penang had the fifth highest number of dengue cases in the country after Selangor (27,166 cases), Johor (6,857), Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (3,712) and Perak (1,945).

He said there were currently two controlled outbreak localities in the state — Tingkat Nirvana in George Town, and Taman Jawa in Butterworth.

“There is an uncontrolled outbreak locality in Perkampungan Machang Bubok in Bukit Mertajam,” he told a press conference in Komtar yesterday before the handover of 10 fogging machines worth a total of RM58,300 from the state government to the state Health Department.

Also present was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

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