Dengue cases spike in Malaysia due to current wet weather

Dengue cases spike in Malaysia due to current wet weather

PETALING JAYA - Dengue cases went up by 19 per cent the past week to 1,680 cases compared to the previous week (1,408) - the highest recorded over 10 years - mainly due to the wet weather.

Selangor registered the largest increase with 1,142 cases (272 cases the previous week).

The cumulative total of reported cases of dengue fever nationwide from January to Oct 26 is 28,707 cases, a 58 per cent increase from the same period last year (17,847), the Health Ministry said in a statement.

It noted that Selangor saw a significant upswing in cases since June, with 323 of the 408 current outbreak areas found in the state.

Out of the outbreak areas, 54 were identified as high-risk hotspots - 26 in the Petaling district, 19 in Hulu Langat, eight in Gombak and one in Sepang.

The rest of the outbreak areas nationwide were in Johor (37) and KL-Putrajaya (16), with the rest spread out over the other remaining states.

Johor saw 167 cases of dengue last week, while Perak had 64.

Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya remained steady over the last two weeks with 60 cases.

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