Chikungunya cases on the rise in Alor Star

Chikungunya cases on the rise in Alor Star

ALOR STAR: Nine more cases of chikungunya were recorded in Alor Star, bringing the total to 23 cases suspected to be infected with the disease after displaying symptoms such as fever, joint pain, and rashes.

Kedah Health director Datuk Dr. Norhizan Ismail said she was informed by the Alor Star Health Office (PKD) that the cumulative cases detected since the beginning of yesterday up till 5pm were 23 individuals.

Many of them received outpatient treatment at private clinics in Alor Star and they were reported to be in stable condition.

“The blood test results found that 15 individuals were tested positive of chikungunya, while the blood samples from (these) patients show they were negative of dengue virus,” he said in a statement here today.

Dr. Norhizan said vector control activities have been conducted, where 342 premises were checked and 16 premises were found to be positive for mosquito breeding, while a total of 1,355 containers had been inspected.

“Ten premises were slapped with compounds under the Destruction of Disease-Bearing Insects Act (APSPP ) 1975. Fogging activities were also carried out within 200 metres from the affected area.

“The District Health Department (PKD) Kota Star is carrying out preventive and control measures including area case detection (ACD), health awareness to the residents as well as conducting checks and destroying mosquito breeding sites around the residential area and business premises,” he added.

He also advised residents especially in areas of Jalan Tunku Ibrahim around City Plaza who have a fever and joint pain to seek further treatment at the nearest health centre.

Yesterday, 14 people living in a row of shophouses near City Plaza here were found suspected to be infected with chikungunya after displaying symptoms of the disease such as fever, joint pain, and rashes.

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