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Dengue cases up by 300pc

PETALING JAYA, Jan 23 — Dengue cases are on the rise, with a total of 5,141 cases reported so far this year, eight of those being fatal.

This represents a 300 per cent increase over the same period in 2013, when the Health Ministry reported 1,580 cases and five deaths.

Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim said: “The increase in reported cases should be taken seriously by all.

“The sporadic weather conditions in our country makes it easier for Aedes mosquitoes to breed, especially if stagnant water is left unattended.”

He said between Jan 5 and 12, the number of reported cases was 1,946 but it increased to 2,156 cases from January 13 to 19.

The ministry’s Disease Control Division director Dr Chong Chee Kheong said: “The number of cases had been gradually rising throughout 2013 and I am concerned.”

He said if the agencies and the public did not play their part, this would develop into a nationwide issue.

Selangor has the highest number of reported cases (2,613), followed by the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (581) and Perak (426).

In 2013, 43,346 cases were reported nationwide with 92 deaths in total.

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