(File pix) A health department officer showing a sample taken from a site believed to be mosquito breeding area near City Plaza, Alor Star. Pix by Noorazura Abdul Rahman

ALOR SETAR: Nine more cases of chikungunya were recorded here, bringing the total to 23 cases suspected to be infected with the disease as of 5pm yesterday.

Kedah Health director Datuk Dr. Norhizan Ismail said 15 individuals were tested positive of chikungunya based on blood test results after they displayed symptoms such as fever, joint pains, and rashes.

According to him, vector control activities had been conducted, where 342 premises were checked and 16 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 areas.

“The Kota Setar district health department is carrying out preventive and control measures, including area case detection (ACD), health awareness involving the residents as well as conducting checks and destroying mosquito breeding sites around the residential area and business premises,” he said.

Norhizan also advised residents, especially in areas of Jalan Tunku Ibrahim around City Plaza who experience fever and joint pains to seek treatment at the nearest health centre.

Yesterday, 14 people living in a row of shophouses near City Plaza here were suspected of being infected with chikungunya after displaying symptoms of the disease such as fever, joint pains, and rashes. - Bernama

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