Mosquito-borne virus successfully curbed

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 15 Feb 2019

Low (left) says the Chikungunya problem is under control.

Melaka: The state is declared free from Chikungunya, said state Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Low Chee Leong.

He said the Health Department was continuously monitoring the situation after nine cases were initially detected here on Feb 6.

“We are taking measures to stop the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.

“Community leaders and residents should cooperate with the Health Department in eliminating the spread of Chikungunya,” he said in a statement recently.

Low said eliminating the dengue breeding grounds was important to curb the spread of the virus.

“Among the necessary things to be done is clean our surroundings. We must search and destroy Aedes-breeding grounds in residential areas deemed as hotspots and carry out fogging in identified areas,” he said.

Low noted that as of Jan 23, nine cases of Chikungunya in the state were confirmed through lab tests, including the latest case reported in Taman Dato Abdul Aziz, Umbai.

He said the situation was under control and no death was reported while preventive activities such as destroying mosquito-breeding sites, fogging and enforcement actions have been carried out throughout Taman Dato Abdul Aziz as well as an area of about 500m radius within the residential area.

“Checks are still ongoing to identify the root cause of the virus as the first Chikungunya outbreak reported in Melaka was 11 years ago,” he added.

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