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Alarming rise in dengue cases this year


A Health Department officer showing a bottle of water containing mosquito larvae.

A Health Department officer showing a bottle of water containing mosquito larvae.

DENGUE cases in the southwest district of Penang have skyrocketed by 231% this year.

There were 427 cases reported from January to June as compared to 129 cases in the same time period last year.

Southwest district Health Deparment director Dr Mohamad Iqbal said the increase in dengue cases was extremely alarming.

“We have declared Taman Melati and Taman Sri Nibong in Sungai Nibong as epidemic zones because seven of the dengue victims live there,” he said.

“When there are more than two cases in a residential area, we would declare the place an epidemic zone.”

Dr Mohamad said that the department would hold a gotong-royong with the residents to clean up the place.

Taman Melati committee management chairman Nic Sim said the residents were receptive to the efforts to educate them about the disease.

“I have also created a WhatsApp group among the residents to ensure that they are aware of potential breeding grounds.

“We will share relevant pictures and news with them,” he said.

   

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