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Dengue cases increase, two deaths reported

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 May 2009: A total of 870 dengue cases involving two deaths were reported between 26 April and 2 May, the Health Ministry said today.

The Ministry’s Disease Control Division, here said this showed a three percent increase (23 cases) compared to the previous week of 847 cases.

Five states showed an increase that week namely Sabah (seven cases), Negeri Sembilan (four cases), Perak (nine cases), Selangor (60 cases) and Sarawak (one case).

Until 2 May, 66 dengue hotspots were reported of which 65 were in Selangor and one located in Johor.

The ministry has issued 394 compounds worth RM67,200 and 259 notices to residents and building owners last week, and found that 72% of the buildings which were positive for aedes breeding were houses and shops.

Meanwhile, the number of Chikungunya cases had shown a decrease 46% (60 cases) in the same week, where 71 cases were reported nationwide compared to 131 cases the previous week.

Three states recorded an increase with 10 cases in Kelantan, Perak (three cases) and Terengganu (two cases).

Gotong-royong and health promotion activities had been improved this year, with 879 such activities carried out nationwide involving the participation of 48,285 residents until 2 May. — Bernama

See also: Dengue in Malaysia worse than swine flu

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