With an average of more than 300 dengue fever cases reported daily in Malaysia, including 329 cases reported yesterday, the Malaysian Health Ministry has seen the case count for the year close in on 75,000 cases to date.
In addition, as of today, 201 fatalities have been reported due to the mosquito borne viral disease.
More than half of the country’s total have been reported from Selangor state (41,477), followed by 7,719 in Johor and 6,679 cases in Perak state.
Dengue has not been a problem in Malaysia alone. Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Thailand have both reported 10s of thousands of cases this year.
Thailand has reported 42,900 cases to date, including 35 deaths. Based on the most recent data from epidemiological week 25, the Philippines has reported 32,440 suspected and clinically confirmed dengue fever cases, including 105 deaths.
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.
Although the World Health Organization (WHO) says on their recent fact sheet that they currently estimate there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year, researchers 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.