KUALA LUMPUR, August 5 — Dengue cases increased by almost 300 per cent in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, amid a nationwide rise in the communicable disease.
The Star reported that up to Week 29, 4,349 cases were reported in the urban district, 2.8 times higher than 1,572 cases reported in the same period last year. No fatalities were reported this year.
According to the local daily, 75,913 dengue cases were recorded in Malaysia at the end of July, with 111 deaths, almost double the 40,320 cases reported during the same period last year, which saw 66 deaths.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council president Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain said 3,055 cases were reported in his district as of July 25.
“We also found out that there is a new breed of mosquitoes that are more resistant to the chemicals used in fogging,” he was quoted saying.
Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) reportedly found 6,021 dengue cases with eight deaths at Week 29.
“The Hulu Langat district ranks third highest in Selangor, with 8,220 accumulated cases involving 12 deaths as of Week 29, ” MPKj president Datuk Rosli Othman was quoted saying.
This, according to The Star, marked a 236.4 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2018 with 3,477 cases.
The Sepang District Health Office reportedly recorded 1,662 dengue cases in the district as of Week 29, while the Klang Municipal Council reported 8,636 dengue cases as of July 27, marking an increase of 2,518 cases.
Shah Alam recorded a drop in dengue cases at 7,222 cases as of June, with four deaths as of July, lower than 7,700 cases in the same period last year.
Subang Jaya reportedly experienced 5,831 dengue cases until July 27.
Kuala Lumpur recorded a 142 per cent increase in dengue cases, with 8,748 cases recorded as of July 31 this year, up from 3,608 cases in the same period in 2018.
The Star reported that more than half of all dengue cases in Malaysia were recorded in Selangor with 42,700 cases, including 36 deaths.