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(File pix) Seremban and Nilai recorded the highest cases followed by Port Dickson, Kuala Pilah, Jempol and Rembau. Pix by Wan Nur Amirah Wan Mohamed Redza

SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan has recorded its first dengue death since Jan 1 this year.

State Health director Dr Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the 63-year-old victim was believed to have been infected by the virus at her house in Mambau, near here.

“The victim passed away at Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital (HTJ) on Jan 11.

“There was another 34-year-old woman who died after falling ill with dengue on Monday. However, she also suffered from other illness.

“The health department is still trying to determine her actual cause of death,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after witnessing the wheelchair distribution by the Nilai Municipal Council (MPN) to Rantau clinic, here, today.

Dr Abdul Rahim said 229 dengue cases had been recorded between Jan 1 and Jan 18, almost triple the 81 cases of the same period in the state last year.

“Seremban and Nilai recorded the highest cases followed by Port Dickson, Kuala Pilah, Jempol and Rembau.

“The dengue ward at HTJ is fully occupied and we have opened another ward to accommodate patients.

“In addition, we have summoned the help of medical staff from districts with fewer cases to support HTJ,” he said.

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