Dengue fever not at epidemic level, says D-G

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The occurrence of dengue fever has not reached epidemic level, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohamad Taha Ariff. 

He refused to reveal the number of cases but said the situation was not as serious as in 1998, when more than 17,000 cases were reported. 

Dr Mohamad Taha also said that inspections carried out by the Health and Housing and Local Government ministries revealed that public buildings like government offices and houses of worship and construction sites were the major breeding grounds of the aedes mosquito. 

Inspections carried out nationwide from last year until Jan 25 revealed that aedes was found breeding in 17.4% of construction sites inspected, rubbish dumps (8.1% of those inspected), government offices (7.7%), recreational parks (5.7%), schools (5.7%), factories (3.1%) and residential houses (1%). 

In Selangor, all the government buildings which were inspected were found to have aedes breeding places. 

Besides government offices, 80.65% of construction sites inspected, (houses of worship (39.1%), factories (30.2%), schools (19.5%), recreational parks (12.5%) and rubbish dumps (9.8%) were also found to have aedes breeding places. 

In Kuala Lumpur, aedes was found in 18.2% of the houses of worship inspected, construction sites (17.4%), offices (14.8%), schools (11.9%) and residential houses (5.8%) 


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