Kelantan records 300% rise in dengue cases


Kelantan Health director Dr Zaini Hussain says Kota Bharu alone recorded 264 cases.

KOTA BHARU: Kelantan recorded 698 dengue cases from January to last Saturday, a 300% increase from the 173 cases reported during the same period last year.

Kelantan Health director Dr Zaini Hussain said the Kota Bharu district showed the highest increase of 264 cases compared to the other nine districts, with a total of 339 cases reported in the district compared to just 75 for the corresponding period last year.

“There was also an increase in the other districts, with Tumpat recording 144 cases, followed by Bachok (62), Tanah Merah (47), Gua Musang (16), Jeli (15), Kuala Krai (22), Machang (four) and Pasir Mas (31),” he told reporters at the Aedes mosquito breeding-site inspection and mass enforcement operation ceremony at Wakaf Mek Zainab today.

Only Pasir Puteh recorded the same number of 18 cases.

Zaini said of the 698 dengue cases, two deaths were recorded.

“There were no dengue-related deaths reported during the same period last year.

“We are actively conducting educational and inspection activities to raise awareness among the public on the dangers of dengue,” he said.

He said the department had, thus far, inspected 67,139 premises throughout the state for breeding grounds of the Aedes mosquito.

They also issued 465 compounds under the Destruction of Disease-Bearing Insects Act 1975.