ALOR SETAR: Another area infected with the chikungunya virus has been identified following the discovery of four new cases in Simpang Kuala here.
Kedah Health Department director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said the new cases involved traders and residents.
He said the latest cases brought the total number of those who tested positive for the disease in Kedah to 19, including 15 living in a row of shophouses near City Plaza who tested positive prior to this.
“Reports in this (Simpang Kuala) locality were received at 10pm on Monday and district health officers conducted immediate checks.
“Investigations and blood tests on four individuals aged between 39 and 60 showed that they had chikungunya.
“We are still checking to determine whether they are linked to the infections in City Plaza,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Dr Norhizan said vector control activities at the City Plaza shophouses were initiated from Sunday till Tuesday, with 453 premises inspected and 26 containers found to be positive for mosquito breeding.
Fifteen premises owners were slapped with compounds amounting to RM7,500, he said. — Bernama