JOHOR BARU: Dengue cases have decreased consistently in Johor over the past three years, from 2016 to 2018, compared to a higher number in 2015.
State health, culture and heritage committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said there were 15,743 dengue cases for the whole of 2015 with 51 deaths recorded.
There were 6,323 cases in 2014 with 25 deaths.
He said the number had declined to 10,641 cases with 23 deaths in 2016, 7,932 cases in 2017 but with a slight increase in deaths with 27 cases and 5,885 cases and 20 deaths recorded in 2018.
“Dengue is still a menace and more efforts are needed to further reduce the number of cases and control the spread of the disease,’’ Mohd Khuzzan said.
He said that while prolonged dry spell followed by frequent rains were the main factors which contributed to the spike in dengue cases, human attitude could also not be dismissed.
Mohd Khuzzan said some residents only had themselves to blame for failing to maintain the cleanliness of their surroundings which contributed to dengue fever cases.
He said their irresponsible acts of dumping rubbish into drains and at non-designated sites were the main reason for the dengue outbreak.
He said apart from becoming the perfect breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes, illegal dumping sites also attracted stray dogs, cats and rodents.
“The only way to prevent dengue fever is to practice hygiene but sadly many of us are not doing that,’’ he said, adding that as of July 14, there were 5,653 dengue cases with 15 deaths in the state.
Mohd Khuzzan said of the 5,653 cases, Johor Baru district recorded the highest number with 74% followed by Kluang (6.6%), Batu Pahat (3.8%), Muar (2.3%), Tangkak (2.2%), Kota Tinggi and Segamat (2.1% each) while Pontian and Mersing had 1.5%.
He said four dengue hotspots were identified in Johor Baru district as of July 11.
They are at Jalan Kijang, Taman Scientex Pasir Gudang, Felda Ulu Tebrau, Taman Kenanga flats (Block 16 to 23) and Sri Lanang flats (Block K to V) and one hotspot in Taman Sri Lambak in Kluang.
Mohd Khuzzan said 791 compounds were issued last year, including four construction sites found to be breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.
The developers were fined RM27,500.
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