Significant drop in dengue cases

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI has recorded a significant drop in the number of dengue cases this year.

Approximately 400 cases of dengue infections were reported in 2014 but there has been less than 50 cases reported as of August this year.

The Ministry of Health released statistics on the dengue trend from the period of 2014 to August this year.

Last year the estimated number of dengue infections was around 313. January recorded the highest number of cases with 58 infections but the number decreased to only eight cases in December.

The statistics showed that only 49 cases have been reported by the ministry in the first eight months of 2016.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, an officer from the Environmental Development Unit, Dr Mohammad Hussien, said that climate change is one of the reasons for the rise and fall of dengue cases in the country.

He added that the numbers of dengue infection are usually high during the rainy season as many places are stagnated with water and this provides the environment needed for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Dr Mohammad Hussien said that awareness among people in Brunei on the importance of cleanliness could be one of the reasons for the decreasing figure.

“The cases are lower now as many people are aware. Since two years ago, the ministry constantly held health talks at various places especially schools for students and teaching staffs,” he said.

With this in mind, Dr Mohammad Hussien pointed out that Brunei is at high risk for the spread of Zika infections due to the existence of dengue cases in the country.

“Even though Brunei has no Zika at the moment, members of the public have to be more aware on the importance of cleanliness and ensure their area is free from mosquitoes to avoid infection,” he said.

Mosquitoes or vectors that are infected with viruses, parasites or worms can pass on a disease to human beings though the mosquito’s bites. Symptoms of infection can be seen within three to 14 days.

The Brunei Times