Selangor tops in dengue cases, says ministry


PETALING JAYA: Selangor has the most reported incidences of dengue cases, with the current number at 2,595, reported between Jan 3 and 13, said the Health Ministry’s information website iDengue.

Johor ranked number two with 858 cases, while Kuala Lumpur had 351 confirmed incidences.

Only Labuan showed zero reported cases, according to the website.

Selangor districts also dominated the “hot spot” list (areas with outbreaks lasting more than 30 days), with 107 areas.

The data collected on the hot spot list was last updated on Jan 2.

The Star had reported there were 1,000 more cases of dengue in the first week of 2016 than last year’s weekly average, and that the Health Ministry had warned that the El Nino effect could cause a 50% increase in the average number of cases.

At the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), routine search and destroy efforts and fogging activities are still being carried out daily.

MBPJ has nine fogging teams going around twice daily – from 4.30am to 7am and from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Fogging is only done at an area after MBPJ is informed by the district health office of a dengue case.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has reported 752 dengue cases last December and 308 cases so far this month.

The council has also released Toxorhynchites (Toxo) mosquitoes as a biological agent in selected areas.

Fogging activities are carried out every day as scheduled by the Petaling district health office. These activities are carried out in different locations according to the number of dengue cases and severity.

MPSJ’s corporate communications deputy director Muhd Azli Miswan said that increasing fogging frequency was not a good method to deal with the increase of dengue cases.

He said a more effective measure was for every resident to spend 10 minutes a week to search and destroy mosquito breeding grounds in their homes.


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