Tuesday, August 11

362 dengue cases with one death reported last week


KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 362 cases of dengue fever with one death were reported during the week between April 24 and 30 in the country.

Health director-general, Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman, said the fatal case involved a 48-year-old man who died due to dengue shock syndrome a week after being infected by the disease.

“The victim, a salesman in Selangor, also had hypertension and was also a hepatitis B carrier,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

Dr Hasan said that generally, the number of fatalities due to dengue had dropped with only 12 cases this year so far, from 56 cases during the corresponding period last year.

He said there were two dengue hot spots identified last week and the localities were the Sri Cempaka Apartment, Section 16 Bandar Bangi, in Hulu Langat and the Las Palmas Apartment, Bandar Country Homes, in Gombak.

On Chikungunya, he said no new case was reported during the week between April 24 and 30.

So far, 14 Chikungunya cases have been reported this year, a drop of 97 per cent from 541 cases reported during the same period last year, he added. — Bernama