KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor has the highest number of dengue cases this year, with 13,306 between January and March 2.
Of the 55 dengue-linked deaths recorded nationwide within the same period, 18 were from Selangor, which has the highest fatality number among the states.
In the latest statistics released by the Health Ministry, Johor recorded the second highest cases with 3,966 while Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya had a total of 1,770. Penang had 1,247 cases, followed by Terengganu (1,140), Perak (1,031), Sabah (858), Negri Sembilan (732), Pahang (678), Malacca (574), Kelantan (555), Sarawak (418), Kedah (196), Perlis (60) and Labuan (two).
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam cautioned this could be the worst year of the dengue epidemic, as indicated by the statistics.
“Last year was said to be the biggest dengue epidemic in history. But 2016 could be the biggest (epidemic),” he said at the launch of the iDengue mobile app here yesterday.
In total, 26,533 dengue cases were recorded nationwide between January and March 2, an increase of 1,505 cases compared with last year’s 25,028 cases over the same period.
He said several factors, including the environment, cleanliness and climate change, were causing the surge in dengue cases,
In Selangor, he said population density and type of housing could also play a factor.
“There were places where garbage collection was not carried out regularly.
“Residents also lack responsibility.
“There is a culture of throwing trash everywhere,” he added.
According to the statistics, Negri Sembilan, Johor and Terengganu had sharp spikes in cases.
Negri Sembilan recorded 732 cases so far this tear, compared with 383 last year.
Terengganu had 1,140 this year (335), and Johor recorded 3,966 (1,308).
The iDengue app is aimed at delivering the latest information on dengue to the public, including a map showing the location of dengue hotspots.
Information on the app is on real-time basis and synced with the Health Ministry’s iDengue website, a portal dedicated to providing information on dengue.
“With the app, people can take precautions to protect themselves and their families, and create a higher awareness level.
“This is an empowerment to the public on a wider scale. I hope Malaysians will download the free app on their phones,” Dr Subramaniam added.
The iDengue mobile app is available for Android and iOS devices.