Social media messages about dengue outbreaks in Miri ‘incorrect’ — Health director

Female aedes albopictus mosquito. — DayakDaily.com file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

KUCHING, April 4: The Sarawak Health Department clarified today that only one dengue fever outbreak was identified in Kampung Lusut Jaya 3, and there was no case involving Taman Tunku in Miri.

Its director, Dr Jamilah Hashim, said the messages that had gone viral on social media regarding dengue fever outbreaks in Kampung Lusut and Taman Tunku were incorrect.

“Measures to curb dengue fever in Kampung Lusut Jaya 3 have been taken through control and prevention activities involving various agencies, especially Miri Division Health Office, Miri District Office, village chiefs, Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs) as well as local residents,” she said in a statement today.

As such, the Health Department wanted to remind the public to always ensure the indoor and outdoor areas of their houses were clean and free of Aedes mosquitoes breeding grounds.

“To prevent dengue fever, everyone should take measures, including getting rid of places that can hold water and become potential breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes every week,” she advised.

Other measures that should be taken include spraying aerosol inside the house to kill adult Aedes mosquitoes.

“In case of fever, get check and treatment from the nearest clinic immediately because any delay in treatment could be fatal,” she cautioned.

Take prevention measures seriously by following the recommended guidelines, which can be obtained from the Health Ministry through www.myhealth.gov.my or www.infosihat.gov.my.— DayakDaily