IPOH: Some 30 chikungunya cases have been reported so far this year, says Perak Health Department director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming.
In a press statement issued on Sunday (Jan 12), Dr Ding said the cases were from 17 localities that are still active.
These, she said, included Temoh, Tapah, Tapah Road, Kampung Baru Chenderiang, Kampung Baru Coldstream and Taman Megah, Bidor in Batang Padang district.
Other districts included Larut, Matang and Selama (Pokok Assam Zon 2, Taman Assamara, Taman Juta, Taman Lela and Kampung Assam Kumbang), Kampar (Kampung Baru Kopisan, Estat Hong Chan and Kampung Baru Malim Nawar) and Kuala Kangsar (Taman Tun Sambanthan A, Taman Tun Sambanthan B dan Taman Tun Sambanthan C).
Dr Ding said there have been no deaths reported so far.
"The outbreak started since February last year.
"In total, there were 634 reported cases in 60 localities last year," she said, adding that there were no cases reported at Kampung Padang Asam, Padang Rengas, Kuala Kangsar as was viralled on social media recently.
She said the main cause for the outbreak was due to the high index rate of Aedes mosquito breeding.
"Among the places found to be breeding the mosquito included illegal dumpsites, empty lots, abandoned houses, drains that were not properly maintained, open containers near houses.
"We have held 'search and destroy' activity at 33,044 open area, and private and commercial premises, whereby 661 premises were found to be breeding mosquitoes," she said.
"Enforcement officers have issued 163 compounds and 67 clean-up notices to premise owners for breeding Aedes mosquitoes.
"Other activities held included health awareness programmes, larviciding, thermal space spraying and ultra-low volume spraying at all outbreak and potential areas," she added.