KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The number of dengue cases nationwide from January until November 8 this year has increased by 185 per cent to 88,806 cases, compared to 31,170 recorded during the same period last year.
Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the death toll from dengue up to November 8 was 169 compared to 63 over the same period in 2013.
He said 96 dengue hot spots were reported with 89 in Selangor, four in Kelantan, two in Melaka and one in Sarawak.
It was also found by the ministry that only 13 localities carried out cleaning campaign activities to combat the dengue menace, he said.
“Through monitoring and control, the ministry has found the rate of Aedes mosquito (that causes dengue) breeding to be from 1.1 per cent to as high as 25 per cent,” he added.
He said five states saw an increase in dengue fever cases during that period, namely Melaka, Penang, Perak, Terengganu and Sabah.
Meanwhile, the dengue situation in Sarawak is alarming as the number of cases recorded in the first 10 months of this year increased by 60.2 per cent from the figure over the same period last year.
State Local Government and Community Development Minister, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said that between January 1 and November 1 this year, 1,762 cases were reported throughout the state compared to 1,100 cases over the corresponding period in 2013.
According to him, Sibu district was the worst affected by dengue fever with 775 cases recorded while Lawas, Sarawak’s northernmost district, had the least cases at 10 recorded during the period.
“The average number of weekly cases in 2014 is 40, which is above the usual baseline for the disease in Sarawak,” he said.