Penang recorded 3361 dengue cases until 15 August this year, that is about 2.8 times more than the 1183 cases for the same period in 2014.
Eight deaths have been reported this year compared to five in the same period last year.
Three hotspots have been identified at Jalan York, Lorong Sungai Dua and Sri Wangsa. Another significant outbreak was recorded at Mutiara Heights.
This was reported in a press release by Penang State ExCO member Dr Afif Bahardin on 19 August 2015.
It is important for health inspectors to inspect private premises, vacant unattended land and construction sites to check if there are any pools of clear stagnant water that could be the breeding grounds for Aedes mosquito?
I believe the local councils should have a health department with health inspectors there – or at least they used to in the past.
Are such inspections being carried out as diligently as they used to in the 1970s, for instance, when inspectors did not hesitate to impose fines to those guilty of breeding mosquiotes in their premises?