Dengue cases triple in Malaysia, killing 87 people
THE dengue situation in Malaysia has reached an endemic level, with 87 deaths nationwide and more than 10 deaths in Johor, the Health Ministry said.
As of Saturday, there had been 46,681 cases this year, a 246 per cent increase from the same period last year.
The number of deaths was also alarming, with the 87 fatalities marking a 222 per cent increase in dengue deaths compared to the same period last year.
"Many breeding grounds (for Aedes mosquitoes remain), especially in hot-spot localities. Some 90 per cent of the 93 hot spots nationwide are found in Selangor, with the Petaling district reporting a higher number of incidents," Health Minister S. Subramaniam told a press conference on Tuesday.
Selangor has accounted for more than half of the dengue cases so far this year, with 36 deaths from the 26,441 cases reported.
Other areas listed among the top contributors of dengue cases include Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (4,007 cases and seven deaths), Perak (2,956 cases, seven deaths), Kelantan (2,898 cases, four deaths), Johor (2,632 cases, 14 deaths) and Negri Sembilan (2,360 cases, three deaths).
Dengue deaths were also recorded in Kedah and Malacca (four deaths each), Penang (three), two each in Sabah and Sarawak, and one in Terengganu.
Dr Subramaniam urged for more to be done to clean up Aedes breeding grounds, and to raise awareness on the matter at the grassroots level.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK