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Published On: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013

Malaysia: Dengue cases double in 2013

The number of dengue fever cases reported in Malaysia in 2013 has doubled the total case count in the country last year, according to a New Strait Times (NST) report Saturday.

The report cites the following health ministry data: “As of Dec 14, 39,222 dengue cases were reported in the country with 83 deaths compared with 20,923 cases and 35 deaths in the same period last year.”

The Malaysian State of  Selangor accounts for more than half the cases in the country, “Selangor continued to top the list  with 21,138 cases and 22 deaths reported so far,” NST reports.

The number of cases reported in Selangor has had a detrimental impact in government hospitals there, where it is noted that patients have to wait 10 hours to be admitted for treatment.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. Thisdisease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is not a vaccine for dengue fever. There is no treatment for dengue, just treat the symptoms.

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