JOHOR BARU: Johor recorded a decline in dengue cases with 566 cases in epidemiology week 19, this year compared with 963 cases in the corresponding period in 2021.
State health and unity committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said from the 566 cases, 153 (27%) were epidemic locality cases while 413 (73%) were non-epidemic locality cases.
“However, there were 57 cases of dengue fever as of epidemiology week 19 - which ended on May 14 - compared with 31 cases as of epidemiology week 18,’’ he said in a statement.
Ling said Johor Baru district has the highest number of cases with 22 (38.6%), followed by Kulai with 18 (31.6%) and in third place was Segamat with seven cases (12.3%).
Ling said Kluang came fourth with four cases (7%), Batu Pahat with three (5.3%), two cases (3.5%) in Muar and Pontian with one case or 1.8%.
He said there were no cases recorded in Kota Tinggi, Tangkak and Mersing.
“There were zero deaths as of epidemiology week 19 this year against the one death in the corresponding period in 2021,’’ said Ling.
He said among the dengue hotspots identified in the Johor Baru district were the city, Jelutong, Plentong, Pulai, Sungai Tiram, Tebrau and Tanjung Kupang in Gelang Patah.
Ling said the Kulai’s hot spots were Bukit Batu, Kulai, Sedenak and Senai and Bekok, Buloh Kasap, Chaah, Gemas, Gemereh, Jabi, Jementah, Labis, Pogoh, Sermin and Sungai Segamat in Segamat.
“A total of 1,432 compound notices totalling RM763,600 were issued to premises found to be breeding Aedes mosquitoes,’’ he said, adding that 57.9% have paid the fine.
Ling said the only way to prevent dengue fever is to practice hygiene including cleaning the outdoor and indoor areas from becoming breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.
“The state authorities will continue to monitor the situation as dengue is still a menace and more efforts are needed to reduce the number of cases and control the spread of the disease,’’ he said.