Spike in dengue cases recorded in Terengganu

KUALA TERENGGANU: A total of 1,051 dengue fever cases have been reported in Terengganu in the first nine months of this year, a 194% increase compared to the 357 cases in the same period last year.

Of the number of cases reported between January and September, there were 989 dengue fever cases while the rest were dengue haemorrhagic fever.

Last year, there were 320 cases of dengue fever and 37 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever.

State health director Datuk Dr Anwa Sulaiman said Kuala Terengganu recorded the most cases at 680, compared with 137 cases last year, followed by Besut (88), Marang (80), Dungun (77), Kemaman (75), Hulu Terengganu (37) and Setiu (14).

“The department has also identified three localities with the epidemic repeating in Kuala Terengganu, namely Kampung Gong Tok Nasek, Pangsapuri Harmoni in Batas Baru and Losong Haji Mat Shafie.

“A gotong-royong has been carried out in these areas to ensure cleanliness,” he said.

Dr Anwa added 175,369 housing and business premises statewide were inspected and 1,181 of them were found to be Aedes breeding grounds.

“The department has issued 8,680 notices and 506 compounds worth RM253,000 to premises’ owners and asked them to maintain cleanliness.

“So far, 279 compound fines worth RM34,260 have been paid and we will make sure the rest pay up as a lesson,” he added. — Bernama

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