Dengue cases up by 89.5% from January to July 2019, says Health Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: According to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, there’s a total of 72,356 dengue cases from January to July this year, an 89.5% increase from the same period last year.

The death toll had risen from 108 from 61 fatalities last year.

“There was a surge in dengue cases starting in May this year, a drastic increase as compared to the corresponding period in 2018, which recorded 38,190 cases,” he said.

The highest number cases was recorded in Selangor with 40,849 cases while the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya recorded 8,794 cases, followed by Johor with 6,057 cases, according to Dr Dzulkefly. He added that all parties, including the public, private agencies and the media play an important role in ensuring success of dengue prevention and control plans as this was every individual and community’s responsibility

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