KUALA TERENGGANU – Another death from dengue has been reported in Terengganu this year, raising to seven the number of people who have died from the disease in the state so far this year.
The latest victim, an eight-year-old girl, died at 3.30pm yesterday, three days after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital, Terengganu Director of Health Dr Mohamad Omar said today.
“She was a Standard Two pupil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Budiman 2. The sixth victim was also from the same school,” he told reporters.
Dr Mohamad said that of the seven victims, four were school children, while the others were a five-year-old kindergarten pupil, a 47-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man.
He said 37 places had been found to be dengue-active localities in the state, with 26 of them in Kuala Terengganu, six in Kuala Nerus, two in Besut and one each in Dungun, Setiu and Marang.
Three of the localities were hotspots with the highest number of dengue cases, namely Jalan Panji Alam, Chendering Pantai and Losong Haji Mat Shafie.
As of yesterday, Terengganu recorded 776 cases this year, up from 212 during the corresponding period last year. – BERNAMA