KUALA LUMPUR Sept. 2 — The seven-day period beginning Aug. 23, saw the lowest ever dengue fever cases recorded in the country since October 2006.
During the period, 477 cases were reported, said Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Ismail Merican.
He said that this constituted a drop of 36 cases or seven per cent, as compared to 513 cases reported, the week before.
He said four states showed a sharp rise in cases, as compared to the week before.
They were Negeri Sembilan (up by seven cases), Sarawak (two), Johor (one) and Selangor (five).
Dr Mohd Ismail said the accumulated number of dengue cases this year was 29,700, as compared to 29,942 last year.
“Dengue fever-related deaths, so far this year, stands at 68. Last year, 71 deaths were reported,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mohd. Ismail said there was an increase in Chikungunya cases, with 33 new cases reported in the country. - Bernama