A total of 72,356 dengue cases were reported from January to July this year, an 89.5% increase from the same period last year, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He said dengue death toll had risen to 108 from 61 fatalities last year.
"There was a surge in dengue cases starting in May this year, a drastic increase as compared to the corresponding period in 2018, which recorded 38,190 cases," he said in a statement here Sunday (July 28).
According to Dr Dzulkefly, Selangor recorded the highest number of dengue cases with 40,849 cases while the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya recorded 8,794 cases, followed by Johor with 6,057 cases.
Meanwhile, he said the theme "End Dengue- Starts with Me" had been chosen for the Communication For Behavioural Impact (Combi) convention in conjunction with the national-level Asean Dengue Day that he launched Sunday.
He said the theme was appropriate to show that dengue control is every individual and every community’s responsibility.
He also emphasised that all parties, including the public, private agencies and the media play an important role in ensuring success of dengue prevention and control plans.