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May 10, 2007

Perak Sees 100 Percent Rise In Dengue Fever Cases

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 (Bernama) — Perak has registered a 100 percent increase in dengue fever with 53 cases for the April 29-May 5 period compared with 26 cases in the previous week.
A Health Ministry statement released, here Wednesday said overall dengue cases had dropped by 2.7 percent except for Perak, Selangor, Johor, Melaka and Putrajaya.
Selangor recorded eight more cases with 240 (232 previously), the highest while Johor had five more with 58, Melaka had one more with 21 while Putrajaya had three cases when there was none previously.
Kuala Lumpur and Negeri Sembilan saw less cases with 102 (117) and 18 (23) previously.
For the April 29-May 5 period, there were 717 suspected cases of dengue fever compared with 737 cases in the previous week of which 674 cases were suspected dengue and 43 cases were suspected dengue haemorrhagic fever cases.
However, of the 717 cases only 208 cases were confirmed positive by dengue serology tests with no death recorded.
The ministry urged all parties to increase prevention and control of dengue fever by conducting checks on breeding grounds for aedes mosquitoes.
The statement said vacant land formed the main breeding ground (7.4 percent) followed by government buildings and factories (5.3), health facilities (4), construction sites (3.4), rubbish dumps (2.7) and schools (2).
A total of 281 notices and 203 summonses were issued against owners of premises over the last fortnight nationwide with fines amounting to RM31,570.

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