Health Ministry: Selangor tops number of dengue deaths, cases nationwide


PETALING JAYA: The authorities have identified 28 dengue hotspots nationwide, as Selangor takes the lead with the highest number of cases.

The highest number of hotspots are in Selangor (19), followed by the Federal Territories (six), Negri Sembilan (two) and Johor (one).

The bulk of the hotspots in Selangor are in Hulu Langat (11 locations), followed by Petaling (8 locations).

Hotspots in the Federal Territories were in Titiwangsa, Kepong and Cheras areas.

From January to Sept 20, Malaysia recorded 75,804 dengue cases, with the bulk of the cases (50.5%) in Selangor (38,312), followed by Johor (8,986), and Federal Territories Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (8,778).

Perlis recorded the lowest number of cases (65), followed by Terengganu (328), Kedah (689), Penang (806), and Sarawak (1,351).

The rest of the states in Malaysia recorded more than 2,000 cases but below 4,000 cases, except Selangor (38,312 cases) as well as Johor, and Kuala Lumpur that had recorded more than 8,000 cases.

Until Sunday (Sept 20), the number of deaths associated with dengue stood at 124. Selangor recorded the highest number of deaths (36), followed by Johor (32), Sabah (15), Negeri Sembilan (eight), Pahang (seven), Federal Territories Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (seven), Melaka (six), Kelantan (six), Perak (three), Penang (two), and Sarawak (two).

According to the Health Ministry, Week 37 saw 0.8% increase in the number of dengue cases (1,491) compared to the previous week.

The Health Ministry had warned of a second wave of dengue cases from June to September, based on the trend recorded over the last five years.

"Take 10 minutes to search and destroy Aedes breeding grounds inside and outside homes," the Health Ministry advised the public.

The Ministry also noted that 165 new dengue cases were recorded on Saturday, and the bulk of the cases were in Selangor (61), and Johor (39).

Founding director of Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School, Professor Duane Gubler had reportedly said that fogging was not very effective in controlling airborne pests.

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