Twice as many die from dengue in Kedah

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ALOR SETAR - Dengue deaths in Kedah have doubled although fewer people were infected with the disease.

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said 10 deaths were recorded until September this year compared to five over the same period last year.

He said the number of dengue cases dropped by 7.3 per cent from 752 to 697 in the same period.

Dr Norhizan said the latest fatality was a nine-year-old girl from the Kuala Muda district who was diagnosed with the disease on Sept 24 and died five days later.

He also said 4,853 of the 274,970 premises checked by the department until Sept 30 were found to have Aedes mosquito breeding grounds.

He said 2,334 summonses were issued with fines totalling RM1.17million (S$400,000).

"We've also identified three controlled dengue outbreak localities which are Taman Mesra in Padang Terap, Paya Nahu Flat in Sungai Petani and Lorong Air Putih in Alor Setar," Dr Norhizan said yesterday.

He said only three of the 12 districts in the state saw a decrease in dengue cases, namely Langkawi, Kuala Muda and Sik.

He urged the public for their co-opera-tion to fight the disease by getting rid of mosquito breeding grounds in and around their homes.