JOHOR BARU: Johor has seen a slight drop in the number of dengue cases in week 43 of the year, compared to the previous week.
State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said 208 dengue cases were recorded in week 43, a 9.2% drop compared to the 229 cases recorded the previous week.
However, the number of accumulated dengue cases so far this year was still 10.5% higher than the corresponding period last year, he said.
“As of week 43, a total of 10,159 cases were recorded. In the same period last year, 9,194 cases were recorded.
“In the latest week, 23 new dengue outbreak localities were identified. They are located in Johor Baru (20), Kulai (2) and Tangkak (1).
“There are no deaths reported this week. The total number of deaths caused by dengue so far this year is 39, which is an increase from last year’s 24 deaths in the same period, ” he said in a statement.
He added that currently, 75 outbreak localities were still active and 90.7% were located in Johor Baru (68) while the remaining were in Kulai (4), Tangkak (2) and Batu Pahat (1).
The total accumulated outbreak localities in Johor as of week 43 was 1,503 compared to 1,193 in the corresponding period last year, which was a 26% increase.
Vidyananthan advised the public to continue spending at least 10 minutes a day to carry out search-and-destroy efforts at their home and workplace to ensure there is no stagnant water in their surroundings that could become mosquito breeding grounds.
“If any mosquito larva is found, the public is encouraged to get rid of the water or add larva-killing solutions and ensure the water containers are properly closed, ” he added.
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