In a follow-up on the dengue fever situation in Malaysia, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia reports 46,495 cumulative cases through October 15. This is a 123 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021 (20,847).
53 dengue hotspot localities were reported the week ending October 15 to include: 32 localities in the State of Selangor, 13 localities in Sabah, six (6) localities in WPKL & Putrajaya and each one (1) locality in Melaka and Penang.
Concerning chikungunya, officials have reported 662 cases year to date.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.