Dengue: Johor records 18 deaths since January

A worker carries out fogging to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. ― Malay Mail pic
A worker carries out fogging to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. ― Malay Mail pic

JOHOR BARU, June 14 — Eighteen deaths from 4,371 dengue cases were recorded throughout Johor from January to June 6.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman R.Vidyananthan said of the total number of fatalities recorded, 12 of them were in the productive age group namely 20 to 59 years.

He said the deaths were mainly caused by the delay in seeking medical treatment.

“Johor Baru has the most dengue cases with 80.7 per cent, followed by Kluang (3.6 per cent), Kulai and Segamat (3.3 per cent), Batu Pahat (2.6 per cent), Mersing (2.3 per cent), Kota Tinggi (1.3 per cent), Muar (1.2 per cent), Pontian and Tangkak (0.9 per cent).

“Of that total dengue cases recorded, 2,099 of them or 48 per cent were from dengue outbreak localities,” he said in a statement today.

As such, Vidyananthan advised the public to seek immediate medical treatment if they fall sick and experience symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and rashes. — Bernama

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