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Dengue Cases On A Steady Increase

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KUALA LUMPUR – The number of dengue cases reported has steadily increased over four consecutive weeks and people are reminded to take the necessary precautions, the Crisis Preparedness Response Centre (CPRC) said.

Its charts from April 30 to May 6 and May 28 to June 3 showed a weekly increase, totalling 477 cases or 26.1% nationwide.

“There has been persistent increase in dengue cases in the past four weeks.

“We’d like to advise the community to continue keeping their environment clean and free from Aedes breeding grounds in and around their homes,” CPRC said on Facebook yesterday.

CPRC’s chart showed 1,860 dengue cases between May 7 to 13, an increase of 35 cases (1.9%) compared with April 30 to May 6, which reported 1,825 cases.

Between May 14 and 20 reports continued of a higher number, with 2,020 cases, an increase of 160 (8.6%).

The following week – May 21 to 27 – showed the highest increase with 2,250 cases reported, an increase of 230 (11.4%).

From May 28 to June 3, as many as 2,302 dengue cases were reported, 2.3% (52 cases) higher than the previous week.

There were 19 deaths from April 30 to June 3.

The Health Ministry’s Vector Borne Disease Sector said the change of dominant dengue stereotype in the community from DEN1 to DEN3 at the end of last year could have contributed to the increase in cases.

“Those who have never been exposed to DEN3 will not be immune and that could lead to an increase in dengue cases and deaths,” it said in an email reply.

It also said that dirty surroundings such as illegal garbage dumping could be potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Movement of individuals and changes in weather, especially during warmer periods, were other possible causes, it said.

Despite the increase, CPRC recorded 41,574 cases from January to June 3 – as much as 17.8% (9,026 cases) less compared to 50,600 cases reported for the same period last year.

The total number of dengue deaths from January to June 3 was 97, compared with 111 during the same period last year, a reduction of 14 deaths.

CPRC advised those staying in outbreak areas to use repellents and limb-covering clothes besides using aerosol spray and installing nets on windows and grills.

Meanwhile, CPRC also reported 21 Chikun­gunya cases from May 21 to 27 – seven from Kuala Muda, Kedah, six from Gombak, Selangor, four from Batu Pahat, Johor, and one each from Baling, Kedah; Kluang, Johor; Manjung, Perak; and Sik, Kedah.

It received 10 more Chikungunya reports from May 28 to June 3, all from Kuala Muda. – The Star Online

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