KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Sept 2008: A total of 224 people nationwide were suspected to be down with Chikungunya last week, compared with only 179 in the previous week.
Health Ministry disease control director Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said 94 cases, or 42% of the total were detected by going door-to-door.
The cases this week were reported in five states namely, Johor, Malacca, Perak, Penang and Sarawak, he said in a statement today.
The total number of cases nationwide is 1,703 of which 996 were from Johor, Malacca (405), Perak (173), Negeri Sembilan (92), Selangor (26), Pahang (five), Putrajaya (three), Sarawak (two) and Penang (one).
Dr Hasan said Chikungunya was a disease that could only be spread by the aedes mosquito. – Bernama