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State Health committee chairman Jafperi Othman did checks at Taman Pelangi in Simpang Empat as it remains as the only area with active dengue outbreak. Pix by Hafizudin Mohd Safar

KANGAR: Perlis recorded 96 dengue cases between Jan 1 and Mar 28, a steep hike of 92 per cent as compared to the same period last year.

State Health committee chairman Jafperi Othman in raising his concern over the hike said the trend was worrying, especially with one casualty reported on Mar 9 involving a 48-year-old man from Taman Pelangi here.

He said that 11 dengue outbreak cases were reported throughout the past three months, a jump of 266 per cent compared to only three reported in the same period last year.

“As for now, Taman Pelangi in Simpang Empat here remains as the only area with active dengue outbreak and the state Health Department is doing their level best to overcome the problem.

“The death of a 48-year-old man from the area was the first casualty due to dengue this year.

As of Mar 28, a total of 7,071 premises had been inspected, which saw 79 owners were slapped with compound under the Destruction of Disease-Bearing Insects Act 1975,” he said in a press conference here today.

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