‘Do not let your guard down’


Roof tiles, plastic bottles and empty pots stacked up in backyards are the ideal breeding spots for Aedes mosquitoes. — Photos: SS KANESAN/The Star

EVEN as dengue cases are on the decline in Selangor since January, the authorities say residents should not take things for granted.

This is because the danger posed by Aedes mosquitoes still lurks and cases can escalate suddenly.

On a weekly average, Selangor recorded 357 dengue cases from Jan 1 to Feb 13.

No deaths were reported in the first six weeks.

In total. Selangor had 2,144 confirmed dengue cases as of last Saturday, a significant drop compared to the same period last year, when the state recorded 11,338 cases.

There was a 81.1% drop, or 9,194 cases, compared to the same period in 2020, when seven deaths were recorded.

In Selangor, Petaling, Hulu Langat and Gombak districts had the highest number of cases.

Health authorities in all nine districts – Gombak, Hulu Langat, Hulu Selangor, Klang, Kuala Langat, Kuala Selangor, Petaling, Sabak Bernam and Sepang – are on alert as certain neighbourhoods have been tagged as outbreak areas or hotspots.

Petaling has recorded 679 cases while Hulu Langat and Gombak have 571 and 400, respectively.

Cases in Klang stood at 298 while Sepang had 81, Kuala Langat (48), Kuala Selangor (38), Hulu Selangor (26) and Sabak Bernam (three).

Dr Siti Mariah believes the MCO has helped to reduce dengue cases in Selangor.Dr Siti Mariah believes the MCO has helped to reduce dengue cases in Selangor.

State health, welfare, women empowerment and family committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud warned everyone to continue to be mindful of the dengue menace.

“People must not be complacent and should continue to take the necessary precautions, ” she said.

The state, she said, saw week six recording 301 cases compared to 324 cases in week five.

Glad that the cases were reducing, Dr Siti Mariah attributed it to the movement control order.

“Fewer people are out and about due to the MCO, which means fewer people are getting bitten.

“Most people are indoors, they do not go to work or school, ” she said, adding that people tend to keep their houses and surroundings clean when confined at home.

The Health Ministry has identified 11 hotspots in Selangor. They are:

> Kampung Changkat Z5 and Kampung Kenanga Rawang in Gombak district;

> Apartment Green Suria Taman Desa Baiduri, Jalan Impian Jaya Saujana Impian, Jalan TKP 10-20 Taman Kantan Permai and Section 6, Bandar Sri Putra in Hulu Langat district;

> Section 17/21,21A-21G, 26,28,41,43,45,49 and 54, PJS 8 Mentari Court, PJS 9 to PJS 9/30, USJ 11/4, and Section U10 Alam Budiman: Jalan U10/68-U10/77B in Petaling district.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Health Department director

Azmi Muji said the Klang district saw a drastic 86.5% drop with 298 cases, compared to the same period last year when it recorded 2,203 cases.

“Our councillors have been told to engage with residents in neighbourhoods to rid their surroundings of junk and containers that could become mosquito breeding sites, ” he added.

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