JOHOR BARU: Johor has recorded an 82% increase in dengue cases this year, with a total of 3,971 cases and 11 deaths reported until May 26.
State health, culture and heritage committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said this contrasted with only 2,175 dengue cases recorded with five deaths over the same period in 2018.
“The increase is due to unstable weather conditions (very hot followed by heavy rain) that have allowed Aedes mosquitoes to breed in huge numbers as more breeding grounds become available.
“The large number of breeding grounds was due to water containers being left out (in the open) and stagnant water pooling in areas,” he said when met after attending the Dengue Free Mosque programme at Masjid Jamek Bandar Baru Uda.
He added that during the same period, a total of 56 hot spots have been identified, with 50 locations within Johor Baru.
Some of the places that reported high number of dengue cases are Desa Tebrau (11), Pasir Gudang (nine), Bandar Baru Permas Jaya (nine), Taman Harmoni (seven), Taman Megah Ria (six) and Bandar Baru Uda (six).
“There is also one active hotspot in Taman Indah Jaya, Kluang that has recorded six cases in the past 34 days,” he said.
Khuzzan added that the state would continue to monitor the situation and redouble efforts to combat the disease to make sure it does not go out of control.
Meanwhile, on the programme, Khuzzan said an inspection conducted by the Health Department Dengue Control and Prevention unit revealed that a total of 39 mosques and surau were found to be positive as Aedes mosquito breeding grounds.
“The unit inspected 187 mosques and surau throughout the whole state during Ramadan.
“We hope that with this revelation, the mosque and surau committees can take a proactive effort in making sure that their place of worship is free from dengue,” he said.
Khuzzan had also spent about half an hour to distribute abate powder to the public. Abate powder is a larvicide that is sprinkled on water to exterminate the Aedes larvae.