GEORGE TOWN, June 25 2020: Penang has reported two new cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) with the last previous one being detected two years ago.
The state health department said in a statement today that it has put on an alert, particularly in Sungai Bakap and Seberang Prai Selatan districts where the new cases were detected.
It said active case detection will be carried out through house-to-house visits within the affected localities.
Health officials are going to look for individuals who suffer fever and neurological symptoms such as headaches, fainting, disorientation, coma, paralysis, loss of coordination and cramps since May 12.
“Since this is a mosquito-borne disease, all mosquito breeding grounds in the affected locality will be destroyed. (We will also conduct) fogging and larvaecide spraying to break the chain of infection,” it added.
Members of the public were advised to take precautionary measures to stop the spread of the disease.
They were encouraged to work together to clean their neighbourhood, avoid crowded and confined spaces as well as observe social distancing rules.
They were also asked to cooperate with health authorities during checks and fogging at their homes.
Individuals who experience symptoms of the disease were advised to seek immediate treatment.