The number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Malaysia stands at 29,190 during the first 10 weeks of 2015, according to the Malaysia Health Ministry (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia).
Selangor state has accounted for six out of 10 cases reported in the country with 17,472 total. Following Selangor, Perak state is reporting 3,139 cases.
The death tally in the dengue outbreak this year now stands at 74 from Jan. 1 to Mar. 7, up from 62 a week ago. This is more than double the fatalities reported during the same period in 2014 (36).
Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease 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 infectionsworldwide 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.