Ministry: Be vigilant against dengue threat after Raya

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PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry today advised the public to be cautious of the symptoms of dengue as there is a tendency for the number of cases to increase after the festive season.

Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said those having fever, muscle aches, bone and joint pains, rashes, pain behind the eyes and headache should seek immediate treatment.

More serious symptoms include stomach ache, vomiting, restlessness, fatigue and bleeding from the nose or gums, he added.

“Those having such symptoms should seek immediate treatment at a clinic or hospital as early detection and treatment can save lives,” he said in a statement here today.

Noor Hisham said there had been an increasing trend in the number of dengue fever cases in the country over the past one month.

He said for the week between June 26 and July 2 (week 26 of 2016), a total of 2,017 dengue fever cases were reported nationwide. That is an increase of 13.5% from 1,777 cases the previous week.

“There were 10 deaths due to dengue during the 26th week, bringing the death toll for this year until July 2 to 132, a drop of 20% from the 165 deaths recorded in the corresponding period last year,” he added.

He said nine states showed an increase in dengue cases this year against the same period last year. They were Selangor (recording an increase of 22.2%), Pahang (69.6%), Kelantan (45.7%), Penang (40.9%), Perak (13.6%), Sarawak (13.3%), Kedah (13.5%), Perlis (5%) and Johor (1.2%).

However, the cumulative number of dengue cases reported this year as of July 2 was 57,782, down from 59,365 for the corresponding period last year, translating into a drop of 2.7%, he added.

On the Zika virus, Noor Hisham said no case involving the virus had been detected in Malaysia so far.

BERNAMA