Surge in dengue cases in Labuan

LABUAN (Bernama) – The number of dengue cases reported on the island has risen to 70 since January, compared to just 16 last year and only three in 2015, said Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari.

Enforcement measures had been intensified to check the outbreak, he said at the presentation of Food Safety Awards 2017 yesterday.

Most of the cases were recorded at the highly populated water village of Kampung Patau-Patau, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees commune of Kampong Kiansam, Kampong Layang-Layangan and Taman Perumahan Mutiara, he added.

He said the public, especially residents in areas that had potential mosquito-breeding grounds, must intensify efforts to ensure that the environment, workplaces, schools and other areas were free from mosquitoes.

“We have carried out many ‘gotong-royong’ cleanliness campaigns in villages, and we are still recording the cases,” he said.

Dr Ismuni also said that one case of Malaria infection from a monkey was recorded and steps were being taken to contain the outbreak.