JOHOR BARU: Johor Health Department wants the public to play a proactive role in destroying mosquito breeding sites in their homes to keep dengue cases down.
Director Dr Aman Rabu said although the number of dengue cases in the state had decreased, the current hot weather made it suitable for mosquitoes to breed.
“As such we must take precautions like keeping our premises clean.
“So far this year, the department recorded 932 dengue fever cases in Johor, which is a decrease of 4.2% compared to 973 cases during the same period in 2019.
“One dengue-related death was recorded so far, compared to three deaths during the same period last year, ” he said.
Dr Aman said Johor Baru still remained the highest district with the number of dengue cases at 76%, followed by Kluang (5%), Batu Pahat (4%), Kulai (3%), Segamat (2%), Mersing (1%), Kota Tinggi (1%), Muar (1%), Pontian (1%) and Tangkak (1%).
He said the department had conducted about 76 gotong-royong activities, involving public participation to create awareness of the dengue menace.
“We have also recorded 26 new dengue hot spots but the situation is under control.
“It is important for the public to monitor their surroundings for any sign of mosquitoes and if present immediately destroy their breeding sites, ” he said.
Dr Aman said for more information on chikungunya and dengue, the public can visit www.moh.gov.my, http://idengue.arsm.gov.my or the Health Ministry’s Facebook page.
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