| Azlan Othman |
A TOTAL of 64 dengue fever cases have been reported from the start of this year until February 13 compared to only 16 cases in the same period in 2014.
Throughout last year, 436 dengue fever cases were reported, 20 cases more than in 2013.
However the Ministry of Health said the situation is under control and urged the public to take precautionary measures such as maintaining cleanliness regularly and adhering to orders issued by the ministry, which is monitoring the situation and will inform the public of any new developments.
Dengue fever is an Aedes mosquito-borne disease. The mosquitoes easily breed in water-logged areas inside and outside houses such as in flower pots, stagnant drains, plastic bottles, old tyres used in landscaping, partially sealed water reservoirs such as watertank, and at rubbish sites where there is stagnant water like in empty cans, old tyres, old bottles and food packets.
The symptoms of dengue fever include high fever, headache, rashes, aching muscles and joints and pain at the back of the eye. Severe symptoms include stomachache, nausea and vomiting and bleeding.
The ministry advised the public to clean their houses, buildings and the surroundings to ensure that there is no place for water to accumulate as part of efforts to prevent and control the disease.
The ministry also urged the public to destroy potential Aedes mosquito breeding grounds by cleaning up water reservoirs to destroy the mosquito eggs, which could survive in a dry place for six months. Once in contact with the water, the mosquito eggs could hatch within seven days.