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Dengue fever cases increased by 8.9 percent during the 47th Epidemiological Week.

02/12/2022

Dengue fever cases increased by 8.9%.

The total number of dengue fever cases reported during the 47th Epidemiological Week (ME) increased by 8.9%, or 1,734 cases, from 1,593 the previous week. During the week, however, no deaths from dengue fever complications were reported.

The total number of dengue fever cases reported to date was 56,304, up from 23,547 during the same period last year, representing a 139% increase, while the total number of dengue fever deaths reported this year was 37, up from 18 in 2021.

In addition, 54 hotspot locations were identified during this (47th) week, compared to 61 the previous week, with 25 hotspots in Selangor, 19 in Sabah, seven in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, two in Perak, and one in Sarawak.

Chikungunya surveillance revealed 18 cases in the 47th ME, including 11 in Penang, four in Selangor, and one each in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, and Melaka.

To date, 710 cases of chikungunya have been reported. The results of 1,939 blood samples and 17 urine samples collected for zika surveillance were all negative.

Recreational parks and playgrounds remained risk areas for dengue fever infection, with the bad habit of throwing trash indiscriminately posing a health risk.

As a result, every household must instil the culture of cleanliness from a young age by not throwing trash indiscriminately, so that it becomes a habit when they reach adulthood.

Individuals who visit recreational parks should protect themselves by using mosquito repellents, especially between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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