THE Perak Health Department has recorded a 13% increase in dengue cases this year.
As of Feb 11, the department recorded a total of 823 cases, some 95 cases more than the same period last year.
A department spokesman also said there have already been four deaths this year, while there were none last year.
“We have identified 60 dengue outbreak localities. Eight hotspots have been reported in the Kinta district and one in the Larut, Matang and Selama district. There area also nine other localities with uncontrolled outbreaks while 42 areas are under control,” the spokesman said, adding that preventative dengue-control activities have been held by the State Health Department, local councils and various agencies to curb the outbreaks.
“We also checked 9,615 premises for Aedes mosquito breeding grounds and 182 premises were found to be positive,” he said, adding that the erratic weather is also a factor in causing more breeding grounds to appear.
Among the activities held were an anti-dengue exhibition at the morning market near Stadium Indera Mulia, health booth at Memory Lane, Ipoh, anti-dengue kiosk in Taman Rapat Setia Baru Ipoh, and a clean-up at Taman Seri Temenggor.
The spokesman also urged members of the public to always keep their homes clean and spend some time every week to search for and destroy any mosquito breeding areas.
“They can use bug spray between 5am and 7am and between 5pm and 7pm daily. These are the times when mosquitoes are active.
“People should also wear long sleeved shirts and use repellant whenever necessary to prevent mosquito bites,” he said.
“They also need to start practising recycling to ensure a cleaner environment,” he added.