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Dengue cases increased over 131.5% in Selangor since January this year

NewsDengue cases increased over 131.5% in Selangor since January this year

Selangor has recorded a total of 31,822 dengue cases from January until 19 November 2022 and this represents a significant increase of 131.5% compared to the number of cases in the same period last year.

According to Bernama, state Health director Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman said the state recorded 13,745 cases in the same period last year.

“In the 46th epidemiology week from 13 to 19 November, a total of 744 dengue cases have been reported in Selangor, which was a decrease of 8.4% (68 cases) compared to 812 cases in the previous week,” he said.

“Eight deaths were recorded due to dengue complications this year in Selangor, namely four cases from the Hulu Langat District Health Centre (PKD), two cases from Petaling PKD and one case each from Hulu Selangor PKD and Kuala Langat PKD,” he added.

Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman also shared that the four districts that recorded the highest number of dengue cases in the state were Petaling with 10,927 cases, Hulu Langat (7,444), Klang (5,405) and Gombak (4,308).

Source: Columbia Asia

How to prevent dengue?

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from dengue is to avoid getting infected altogether. Here are a few simple but effective tips to prevent Aedes mosquitoes from breeding.

Aedes mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water and it takes only seven to ten days for the eggs to hatch and turn into fully formed mosquitoes. Therefore, the most effective way to avoid getting dengue is to close your water collection points with a cover or fine mesh.

In addition, it is important to regularly clean places that can accumulate water easily, for example, plant pots, flower vases, discarded plastic containers, pet water bowls, gutters and drainage areas.

Meanwhile, you could invest in good insect screens as they will let air flow through your space without letting mosquitoes in. However, this is only an effective solution if all possible entry points are screened, including the gaps under your doors and air vents.

The risk of contracting dengue increases significantly during the rainy season. Thus, it’s time that we clean our house compound to prevent the next dengue outbreak!

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