PUTRAJAYA: Five patients have died of dengue fever while a young child is suspected to have also died from the fever since the beginning of this year, the Health Ministrys disease control director Dr Ramlee Rahmat said.
The most recent was the death of a 15-year-old girl from Beserah, Pahang, who died at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan on Monday.
A five-year-old girl at the Putrajaya Hospital was suspected to have died from dengue on Wednesday but the hospital has yet to confirm the matter.
Dr Ramlee said four people had died of dengue fever in the first three weeks of the year, compared with just two in the corresponding period last year.
He added that the number of dengue fever cases in the third week between Jan 16 and Jan 22 dropped to 1,083, compared with 1,415 the previous week. This was a reduction of 23.4%.
This could have been due to more cleaning-up efforts to prevent aedes mosquitoes from breeding, he said at the ministrys weekly press briefing on the dengue situation here yesterday.
Most states reported fewer cases but Malacca and Kedah as well as Putrajaya recorded increases.
Despite the reduction nationwide, Dr Ramlee said the number of cases was still high.
During the same period last year, only 454 cases were reported, he said.
He said the ministry has issued 541 notices to owners of premises with mosquito larvae, while 784 owners were fined.
Four premises were ordered to be closed three of them construction sites in Kajang and the other another construction site in Shah Alam.
The ministry was preparing to take two of these cases to court, Dr Ramlee said.
The authorities inspected 58,253 premises in the third week and 649 premises, or 1.1%, were found to have the aedes mosquito, he said.
He added that the biggest offenders were construction sites, followed by factories. Vacant plots were also found to breed aedes mosquitoes,
Dr Ramlee said no local authorities had been fined yet following the Cabinet's nod for such action to be taken.
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