KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 371 dengue fever cases were reported nationwide last week, with nine states showing an increase in the number of cases, Director-General of Health Datuk Seri Dr Hassan Abdul Rahman said on Thursday.
He said in a statement that Selangor registered an increase of 18 cases, Terengganu, 16; Negeri Sembilan, Penang and Johor, 10 each; Melaka and Kelantan, six each; and Perlis and Perak, four each.
The latest figures raised to 13,533 the number of cases from January to Aug 4, he said, adding that this was higher by 11% or 1,306 cases compared to the corresponding period last year.
He also said that the number of deaths so far this year was 26, up by five compared to the corresponding period last year. Dr Hassan said the number of localities where the disease was detected last week also went up, to 48 compared to 43 the previous week.
Monitoring showed that of the 77,392 premises checked, 902 premises and 1,219 containers were found to contain the Aedes mosquito larvae, he said, adding that up to Aug 4, a total of 12,110 compound fines of the maximum RM500 were issued, bringing the total to RM6,055,000.
Dr Hassan advised the people to clean their surroundings and destroy the breeding grounds of the Aedes mosquito, carrier of the dengue virus. - Bernama