Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that they have received 107 cases of dengue so far in February.
An official at the agency revealed that they have observed a hike in reports of Dengue fever in December.
237 cases of dengue were reported in the Male’ region alone in December, and the total number of cases in atolls reaching 321.
In January, 194 cases were reported in Male’ while 322 were reported in outlying atolls.
So far in February, HPA received 16 cases in Male’ and 91 cases in the atolls.
Stressing that the most cases of dengue have been reported from the Male’ region, HPA highlighted that the spread of the fever in atolls is newly observed.
The most reported cases of dengue are from Raa and Baa atolls.
Emphasizing on the alarming numbers of dengue-stricken patients in Feeali island of Faafu atoll, HPA said that dengue had not been wide-spread in the island in previous years and that so far 12 cases of dengue have been reported in Feeali.
The official further stated that two out of the five children brought to capital city Male’ from Feeali were positive for dengue.
Stressing on the alarming increase of dengue cases, HPA stated that the people need to take numerous safety measures to prevent it. The agency went on to caution the public to keep households clean, and prevent the infestation of mosquitoes by following hygienic lifestyles. HPA further noted that many islands are observed to be using insecticides to prevent mosquito breeding sites.