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112 people died from dengue in 2008

PUTRAJAYA, 8 Jan 2009: Some 49,335 dengue fever cases with 112 deaths were reported in 2008, a one percent rise from the 48,846 cases with 98 deaths the previous year.

Health Ministry disease control director Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said 1,157 cases with four deaths were reported from 28 Dec to 3 Jan. The two death cases were in Johor while Selangor and Malacca had one each.

“Although the cases dropped 9% drop from the 1,269 over the previous week, four states recorded a rise namely Melaka (31%), Sarawak (31%), Perak (17%) and Terengganu (14%),” he said in a statement here today.

Selangor had the most cases with 595 followed by Perak (100), Kuala Lumpur (87), Johor (69) and Penang. No cases were reported in Labuan.

On preventive measures, Hasan said only 63% of the 209,185 homes earmarked were subjected to fogging and that only 11 cleaning up activities had been done compared to the 107 planned.

The ministry also issued 147 compound fines amounting RM17,500 and served  235 notices to clean-up.

On Chikungunya fever, Hasan said 4,271 cases were reported last year with no fatalities.

He said 77% of the cases involved out-patient treatment with only 1,108 cases needed hospital treatment.

For 28 Dec – 3 Jan, some 103 cases were reported in 82 localities in Kedah (25 cases), Selangor (22), Johor (18), Perak (18), Pahang (12) and Kelantan (8). — Bernama


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