JOHOR BAHRU (July 3): Dengue death rate in the state has shown a significant  increase in the first six months of the year, with 20 deaths being recorded compared to 15 deaths for the same period last year.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said according to statistics released by the Johor State Health Department, 5,107 dengue cases were reported from Jan to June 27 compared to 5,142 cases, for the same period last year.

“The decrease of 35 dengue cases compared to last year is not significant. Instead there is an increase in dengue deaths. As many as 20 deaths were reported compared to 15 deaths for the same period last year,” he said in a statement today on the current state of dengue cases in Johor.

Vidyananthan said as many as 34 new dengue outbreak localities were reported in the 26th  week which brings the current number of active outbreak localities to 91.

He said Johor Bahru recorded the highest dengue cases with 80.2 per cent, followed by Kulai (3.9%), Kluang (3.7%), Segamat (3.3%), Batu Pahat (2.4%), Mersing (2.1%), Kota Tinggi (1.4%), Muar (1.1%), Pontian (0.9%) and Tangkak (0.9%).

He said the main contributing factors for dengue proliferation in the state include the neglect of environmental hygiene, especially the irregular and improper garbage disposal habits which provides potential containers for breeding aedes mosquitoes.


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