Epidemiological week 29 in Malaysia was a huge week for the mosquito borne virus, dengue fever as the Southeast Asian country recorded 3,142 cases, the most in any one week in 2014, according to a Sun Daily report today.
According to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, this brings the total number of cases this year to 51,987 compared to 14,755 in the corresponding period last year. This is up from approximately 48,000 cases reported last week.
To date, Malaysia has recorded 94 fatalities due to dengue in 2014.
Property owners who have not been maintaining a clean environment resulting in the elimination of breeding sites have been paying the price. The Ministry of Health had issued fines totaling RM (ringgit)4.5 million (approximately US$1,418,000) nationwide this year on premises owners for breeding mosquitoes.
Director Noor Hisham said 80 to 90 per cent of 800 construction sites in Selangor and Federal Territory were found to be Aedes positive. These companies were fined, taken to court and closed until satisfactorily cleaned. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page