IPOH: There are now 17 active chikungunya outbreak localities in the state, says Perak Health Department director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming.
They included six areas – Temoh, Tapah, Tapah Road, Kampung Baru Chenderiang, Kampung Baru Coldstream and Taman Megah, Bidor – in Batang Padang district, she said.
Other districts, Dr Ding added, 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 and Taman Tun Sambanthan C).
“As of Jan 8 this year, there have been some 30 chikungunya cases, with no deaths reported.
“The outbreak of chikungunya started in February last year.
“In total, there were 634 reported cases in 60 localities last year, ” she said in a statement yesterday.
No deaths were recorded last year.
Dr Ding also clarified that there were no cases reported in Kampong Padang Asam, Padang Rengas and Kuala Kangsar, as viralled on social media recently.
She noted that the main cause of the outbreak was the high index rate of Aedes mosquito breeding.
“Among the places found to be breeding mosquitoes were illegal dumpsites, empty lots, abandoned houses, drains that were not properly maintained, and open containers near houses.
“We conducted search and destroy activity at 33,044 open areas, and private and commercial premises, of which 661 premises were found to be breeding mosquitoes, ” she revealed.
Among them, 163 compounds and 67 clean-up notices were issued by enforcement officers to owners of premises.
For details on chikungunya and dengue, visit www.moh.gov.my, http://idengue.arsm.gov.my or CPRC Kebangsaan, the Health Ministry’s Facebook page.