BUTTERWORTH (Bernama) – The number of dengue cases in the country this year increased drastically by 81.8 per cent compared to last year, with 93,344 cases recorded from January until September 7, Malaysia’s Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said.
This is an increase of 42,007 cases over the same period last year when there were 51,337 cases, he said.
He added that to date, 137 deaths have been reported compared to only 81 during the same period last year, showing a 69.1-increase of 56 deaths.
“Monitoring by the ministry found that the number of incidence and deaths due to dengue fever shows a marked increase this year,” Dr Dzulkefly said, adding that a similar trend is seen in the neighbouring countries.
He was speaking to reporters after launching a community programme organised by the Bagan Parliamentary constituency office yesterday. Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was also preset.
On the current haze situation, Dr Dzulkefly said there has been no recorded extra-ordinary increase in the number of haze-related illnesses.
He said the ministry was monitoring diseases which could result from exposure to the haze, such as asthma, eye and respiratory infections.
“So far, the data shows that there has been no spike in the number of patients with illnesses caused by the haze,” he said.