KUALA LUMPUR, August 15 — Dengue fever in Malaysia have hit 82,529 cases from January to August 10 this year, surpassing the total number of cases last year at 80,615.
According to the National Crisis Preparedness Response Centre (CPRC) under the Health Ministry, the number of dengue cases this year up to August 10 rose by 85 per cent compared to the same period in 2018 that saw 44,613 cases.
This year has seen 120 deaths from dengue fever up to August 10, higher than the 73 deaths recorded during the same period last year.
Selangor reported the highest number of dengue cases until August 10 at a whopping 46,121 cases, the highest in the country, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya at 10,220 cases, and Johor at 6,974 cases.
The CPRC also reported 451 Chikungunya cases until August 10.
Deputy Health Minister Lee Boon Chye told The Star recently that he expected dengue cases to hit 150,000 by December if preventive measures are not taken to keep it under control.
The Star reported that 251 hotspots have been detected, with most of them were flats and apartments.