The number of dengue cases in Kampong Ayer this year is expected to increase compared to previous years. According to the Director of Environmental Health, looking at the dengue fever pattern in the country, it was found that an increase in cases occur every 3 to 4 years. Doctor Anie Haryani binti Haji Abdul Rahman said that monitoring conducted by the Public Health Services since early this year has found 19 dengue cases in Kampong Ayer from January to April. The number, according to her, has increased in comparison to the same period last year which only recorded 8 cases and 6 cases for the same period in 2016.

Doctor Anie Haryani disclosed the matter during the Discussion Session with Kampong Ayer Penghulus and Village Chiefs on vector borne diseases and control this morning. She added that the first dengue case in the country was reported in 2002 and the number continued to increase until the following year with the largest number of cases in the Kampong Ayer area. However, the cases have been tackled and controlled from continuing to increase. But in 2012, the number of dengue cases increased once again in Kampong Ayer.

The briefing was delivered by Doctor Dayang Hajah Martina binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Kifrawi, Medical Officer, Disease Control Section and Awang Haji Ja'afar bin Haji Jais, Senior Medical Officer, Environmental

Health Section. The briefing touched on the symptoms and complications of vector-borne diseases, the dengue situation in the country and the vector breeding sources and ways of overcoming it. The discussion aimed to enhance understanding as well as awareness to the grassroots leaders namely the penghulus and village chiefs on vector borne diseases such as dengue and its control.

Source: Radio Television Brunei