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THE number of dengue cases have increased by 12.5% (170 cases) to 1,533 with no fatalities between Sept 18 and 24, 2022, according to the Health Ministry in the 38th Epidemiological Week of 2022 report.
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cumulative number of dengue cases reported so far is 42,084 cases, which is a 116.7% (22,661 cases) increase compared to 19,423 cases for the same period last year.
In terms of fatalities, 24 deaths from dengue complications have been reported compared to the 13 for the same period in 2021.
“Six more hotspots were identified, bringing the total to 48 for the week, of which 28 (58.3%) were reported in Selangor, 15 (31.3%) in Sabah and five (10.4%) in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Putrajaya.
“On the other hand, chikungunya surveillance recorded a total of eight cases for the reported period with three from KL and Putrajaya, two each from Selangor and Penang and one from Kelantan,” he said in a statement today.
The cumulative number of chikungunya cases to date is 646.
Meanwhile, 1,452 blood samples and 15 urine samples were tested for Zika and the results turned out negative.
To prevent and eradicate Aedes mosquitoes, Dr Noor Hisham urged the public to ensure that their home grounds are free of containers holding water which could become breeding grounds for the insects.
He also advised the community to do the same for areas near their homes such as recreational parks and empty parking lots.
“Aedes mosquitoes only need a little water to lay eggs which can survive for eight months in dry conditions. The rainy season alternating with hot weather is ideal conditions for Aedes mosquitoes to breed,” he added.