Brunei records rise in dengue cases

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BRUNEI has reported an increase in dengue cases, with 349 recorded this year. There were 290 dengue cases last year, the Ministry of Health said.

Most of the dengue cases were reported in the Brunei-Muara district.

According to a press release, the rise in cases was attributed to the heavy rainfall experienced recently.

Higher rainfall has created more collection of water to allow mosquitoes to breed more, the statement read.

A public health talk on Japanese Encephalitis (JE) was held for residents of Mukim Liang-Lumut yesterday.

The Ministry of Health said the situation was under control, and the public should be responsible in the community’s cleanliness.

Some signs the public should be aware of include high fever, headaches, skin rashes, muscle and joint pains and pain behind the eye. Other symptoms include stomach pains and nausea.

Common areas that mosquitoes breed in are flower vases, blocked drains and plastic bottles.

Residents were also advised to be wary of the cleanliness of their surroundings for collection of infested water, and to dispose rubbish properly.

Yesterday’s briefing aimed to raise awareness to residents of Mukim Liang Lumut on their responsibilities toward safeguarding and the cleanliness of their environment, and support the government’s effort to prevent the spread of JE virus in the community.

Dr Maimunah Hj Moksin (picture), senior medical officer at the Ministry of Health, Belait district and Dr Hj Airwan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Kassim, medical officer at the Sungai Liang Health Clinic gave the talk at the Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK).

The briefing was organised by BLNG and the Belait District Sungai Liang Health Clinic.

The Brunei Times