A total of 175 playgrounds and recreation parks nationwide have become breeding grounds for the Aedes mosquito, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
He said this represented 23 % of the 763 sites examined early this year.
Dr Subramaniam advised the public to take preventative measures while using the playgrounds to reduce the risk of being bitten by the Aedes mosquito.
"If you are going to the park in the early morning and late afternoon, when the mosquitoes actively bite humans, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts," he said.
Besides the playground, he said a high percentage of vacant land areas were also found to be breeding sites for the Aedes mosquito, with 21 % or 4,110 out of a total of 19,028 sites examined.