Dengue cases in Selangor almost doubled from last year

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019

SHAH ALAM: Dengue cases in Selangor has almost doubled with 57,980 people infected between January and Oct 12, this year – an increase of 25,366 cases, compared to the same period last year.

With the number of cases averaging about 1,400 cases a week, the alarming figure made up more than half of the 104,746 confirmed cases reported nationwide as of Oct 12 this year.

State Health, Welfare, Women Empowerment and Family Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said Selangor continues to see a relentless climb in dengue cases, with 49 deaths until now for 2019.

Out of the nine districts in the state, Petaling topped the lists with 21,858 cases with 22 deaths, while Hulu Langat had 12,245 cases with 16 deaths and Klang recorded 10,698 cases with seven deaths.

The number of cases in the remaining districts were 7,497 in Gombak with four deaths, 2,176 in Sepang, 1,266 in Hulu Selangor, 1,058 in Kuala Selangor, 1,024 in Kuala Langat and 158 in Sabak Bernam.

Dr Siti Mariah said the sharp rise in dengue cases is due to many factors, with the current rainfall patterns combined with warm weather being one of the main drivers of dengue transmission as mosquitoes require clear standing water to reproduce.

“One bottle cap of water in a crumpled dried leaf is enough for the Aedes mosquitoes’ dormant eggs to hatch. I urge all Selangorians to take 10 minutes-a-week to check inside and outside their homes in order to prevent the further spread of the vector-borne disease, ” she said.

She said people must be proactive to turn over pails or other items in the backyard or front of the house that would have collected rainwater.

“Let us not wait until one family member is down with the dreaded dengue fever that could have been prevented if all in the neighbourhood joined hands to keep their area clean, ” added Dr Siti Mariah.

“We must be vigilant of the cleanliness, ” she said at a media update on Selangor’s dengue situation.

Dr Siti Mariah urged people infected with dengue to protect themselves from further mosquito bites by applying repellent regularly, and those who exhibit dengue symptoms should also see a doctor early in order to be diagnosed.

Meanwhile, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Health and Environment director Azmi Muji said the council’s health inspectors had been going into neighbourhoods at night after 8pm to engage the people and conduct search and destroy methods to eradicate dengue larvae.

Constituencies in Klang at the top of the dengue lists are Sentosa (1,836 cases), Kota Kemuning (1,686 cases) and Port Klang (1,507 cases).

“We carried out the search and destroy exercise in Sungai Kapar Indah and Klang Utama last week.

Later tonight, we are going to Sementa in Kapar with fellow councillors. We find this an effective approach as people are back from work and we do our best to get them to remove all kinds of containers with standing water outside the house, ” he added.

Petaling Jaya City Council health inspectors are also doing similar night exercises to curb dengue cases as the city had recorded 6,393 cases from January to Oct 12.

Classic symptoms of dengue are high fever, headache, body aches (both muscle and bone), weakness, vomiting, sore throat, altered taste sensation and red spots, among others.

Due to the unbearable pain, the term “breakbone fever” is used to describe dengue fever.

Vaccines to fight the fever are not available and treatment is limited to intravenous drips.

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