MELAKA: Dengue cases in Melaka increased by 34.85% or 2,720 cases from January to Dec 5, compared to 2,017 cases in the corresponding period last year, the state assembly was told.
Melaka health and anti-drug committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said that 16 new dengue cases were reported this week alone.
He added that eight fatal dengue cases were also recorded – four in Melaka Tengah and two each in Alor Gajah and Jasin.
He said the Bukit Katil constituency recorded the highest number of dengue cases (305), followed by Ayer Keroh (270) and Paya Rumput (232).
Rahmad said 43 cases of Chikungunya were also reported in the state this year.
Furthermore, he said that "Romeo" mosquitoes had brought down the number of dengue cases at Kota Laksamana constituency, although the state saw an overall increase of dengue cases this year.
Rahmad (BN-Ayer Molek) told the state assembly sitting on Thursday (Dec 10) that the sterile insect technique (SIT) pioneer project at Kota Laksamana has yielded positive results, as not a single dengue case was reported at the locality.
In 2019, the Melaka government released 16,000 male SIT mosquitoes, aiming to wipe out the population of the Aedes Aegypti species by mating with the female mosquitoes.
SIT is an environmentally-friendly insect pest control method.