Rise in recent dengue cases, but yearly figures drop

KUALA LUMPUR: Dengue fever is on the rise again with 300 more cases being reported between June 26 and July 2, compared to the previous week.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said nine states recorded a higher number of dengue cases: Selangor with 1,145 cases, Johor (165), Perak (75), Sarawak (68), Kelantan (51), Kedah (42), Pahang (39), Penang (31) and Perlis (5).

However, the total number of dengue fever cases reported so far this year (57,782 cases) showed a slight decline of 2.7 percent (1,583 case) compared to the same period last year (59,365).

Dr Noor Hisham said 10 people died of dengue, making the total number of deaths at 132 compared to 165 deaths during the corresponding period last year.

Dengue was reported in more localities but the outbreak of hot spots declined from 74 to 73 localities compared to the previous week.

The number of dengue cases is expected to increase after the festive season, he said, and advised the public to be alert to signs and symptoms of the disease such as fever, muscle and joint pains, rashes, pain behind the eyes and headache.

On the Zika virus, he said no cases were reported out of a total of 507 blood samples tested by the National Public Health Laboratory and the Institute for Medical Research.