Spike in dengue-related cases and deaths in Johor

PHOTO: Spike in dengue-related cases and deaths in Johor

JOHOR BARU - Johor has recorded 15 dengue-related deaths in the first six months of this year, an increase of 144 per cent compared with the same pe­­riod last year.

The number of dengue cases also increased by 52 per cent from 1,660 in the first six months of last year to 2,524 for the same period this year.

State health and environment com­­­mittee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat described the trend as worrying as the death toll had more than doubled, adding the Health Depart­ment had been constantly carrying out fogging and clean-up across the state.

However, he said residents should not rely solely on fogging activities but take precautionary measures to rid mosquito breeding grounds.

"Fogging is the last resort to kill adult Aedes and some of them are already immune to the pesticide. Prevention is most vital to eliminate dengue cases," he said while propo­sing that homeowners spend at least 10 minutes a week to check for possible breeding grounds around their areas.

On the usage of biological agent Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis (BTI) as the pesticide mixture for fogging, Ayub said that the Govern­ment was still conducting studies to check on its effectiveness.