SUNGAI PETANI – A total of 513 cases of dengue fever were recorded in Kedah since January until May 6 this year, an increase of 67. 1 per cent or 206 cases compared with the corresponding period last year.
State Health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said three deaths due to dengue were also recorded during the period this year, involving one case in Kulim and two cases in Kuala Muda.
In the case of chikungunya, a total of 128 cases were recorded in the state during the same period this year, he said in a statement.
He said the chikungunya cases were reported in three districts, namely Kuala Muda (58), Baling (69) and Kulim (one).
The chikungunya epidemic had ended in Baling and Kulim, with no locality active with the disease reported in both districts, he added.
Dr Norhizan said among the factors contributing to the increase in dengue and chikugunya cases were high population density and condition of the surrounding with had potential to be breeding grounds for mosquitoes. – BERNAMA