Negri sees 36% spike in dengue cases

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SEREMBAN: Dengue cases in Negri Sembilan have spiked by some 36% to 2,550 as of Oct 10, says state Health Committee chairman S. Veerapan.

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He said last year, there were 1,868 cases recorded during the same period.

He added that there have been eight deaths reported so far, similar to the number of casualties during the same period last year.

Veerapan, who is also in charge of the Environment, Consumerism and Cooperatives, said Seremban continued to record the most number of cases with 2,200.

This was followed by Port Dickson (82), Tampin (76), Jempol (66), Rembau (65), Jelebu (38) and Kuala Pilah (23).

“There are 12 localities which had been declared as epidemic areas and

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these are all in Seremban.

“The localities are Taman Bukit Margosa (Jln 6- Jln 18), Taman Jasmin, Cempaka Flats, Taman Seremban Jaya (Phase 5), Taman Gadong Indah, Nusari Aman 2c (Velo Residence), Taman Desa Jati (Jln Jati 1-9), Kg Ismail, Taman Paroi Jaya (Kedidi), Taman Gadong Jaya, Lobak Flats and Taman Bukit Blossom,” he said on Thursday (Oct 15).

Veerapan added that efforts to fight the scourge were continuing despite the imposition of the recovery movement control order till Dec 31.

“The authorities will continue with the measures to destroy potential Aedes breeding grounds and fogging,” he said.

He urged the public to keep their homes clean and conduct weekly checks to destroy potential Aedes breeding grounds.

“The public should also spend at least 10 minutes every week to rid their homes of potential Aedes breeding grounds which include unused containers.

“You can also spray insecticide inside your homes and in places where the mosquitoes will hide such as under the tables, beds, behind cupboards and in the storerooms,” he added. -The Star

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