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Through August 1, Malaysia health authorities have reported 58,327 dengue fever cases, including 131 deaths.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

Selangor state has reported the most cases, accounting for 55 percent of the country total. Kuala Lumpur has reported more than 5,500 cases.

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Nationally, dengue fever is by far the most prevalent infectious disease in Malaysia. As the Sun Daily reports,  there are 328.3 dengue cases per 100,000 population. This is followed by hand, foot, and mouth disease (152.25), leptospirosis (17.12), hepatitis B (12.60), and HIV (11.00).

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said, “In order to address the incidence of dengue fever brought by Aedes mosquitoes, the ministry has implemented various preventive and control measures including using a web-based real time monitoring system, namely, eDengue and a dengue epidemic management system (SPWD) to enhance surveillance on case locality and dengue epidemic.”

Dengue is one of the world’s fastest growing diseases, endemic in 100 countries, with as many as 390 million infections annually, according to the World Health Organization. Early detection and treatment saves lives when infections are severe, particularly for young children.