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Two more deaths bring dengue toll to 108

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Jan 2009: Two more deaths reported last week brought the dengue toll to 108 last year, compared with only 98 in the previous year, Health Ministry’s Disease Control Division Director, Datuk Dr Hassan Abdul Rahman said today.

He said throughout 21 to 27 Dec, a total of 1,269 dengue cases were reported, an increase of merely 0.7% from 1,260 cases recorded the previous week.

Selangor recorded the highest increase from 230 to 653 cases (184%); Kedah, from 30 to 72 cases (140%), and Putrajaya from five to 10 cases (100%).

“Residential areas and shophouses were the areas found to contain the most breeding grounds for aedes mosquitoes.

“Inspections also found that the aedes breeding index was higher on idle land, factory, cemetery and dumping sites,” he said in a statement today.

Hassan, however, said that the dengue cases had declined in five states last week, with Malacca recording a 36% drop, Sabah 29%, Sarawak 12% and Perak six percent.

Kuala Lumpur remained with 106 cases, while none was recorded in Labuan.

As for Chikungunya, Hassan said, only 184 cases were recorded last week, bringing the total cases last year to 4,167 cases.

He said 77% of the Chikungunya patients were given out-patient treatment, while 23% were hospitalised.

The 184 Chikungunya cases were recorded in Kedah (86 cases), Selangor (27), Johor (19), Perak (19), Pahang (12), Kelantan (10), Negeri Sembilan (4), Kuala Lumpur (4), Penang (2) and Putrajaya (1). — Bernama

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