MELAKA: The state has recorded a 300% increase in the number of dengue cases.
A total of 904 dengue cases were recorded as of June 8, up from just 225 cases in 2018.
State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Low Chee Leong said the spike in the number of dengue cases was worrying.
“Sixty-six epidemic areas were detected in the first half of this year, 62 of which were later declared clear by the Health Department,” he said.
Low said residents in four areas – Taman Merlimau Baru, Jalan Masjid, Taman Bemban Jaya and Pondok Kempas – were advised to be careful and keep their homes and surroundings clean.
He said to date, dengue had already claimed five lives in the state.
“We need to ensure our surroundings are clean and free from mosquito-breeding grounds,” he said.