PETALING JAYA: The number of dengue cases fell by a quarter for the week of July 3-July 9, compared with the week before.
A total of 1,512 dengue cases were reported, 505 cases or 25% cases fewer than the 2,017 cases the week before, said a statement posted on Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s website.
From January until July 9, there were 59,294 cases reported compared with 62,648 for the same period last year, a decrease of 5.4% (3,354 cases).
There were 134 deaths compared with 173 deaths for the same period last year (39 cases or 22.5% lower).
“The decreasing trend is closely linked to the festive season. The trend was also similar in 2014 and last year,” he said.
Dr Hisham added that during the Raya festive season, the use and disposal of food containers would increase and add to domestic trash.
This would pose a concern over Aedes breeding and the increase in dengue cases. He urged local authorities to collect garbage regularly to prevent mosquito breeding.
In pointing out the La Nina phenomenon, which would bring about high rainfall in the next few months and could contribute to increasing dengue cases, Dr Hisham urged the public to cooperate by not throwing rubbish indiscriminately and to destroy all mosquito breeding sites.