In 2021, Malaysia reported a total of 26,365 cases of dengue. The number showed a decrease of 70.8% compared to the previous year which was 90,304 cases. Deaths due to dengue fever were also found to have decreased from 145 deaths in 2020 to 20 deaths in 2021.
This is the lowest dengue cases and deaths reported in a decade, according to the Ministry of Health. The main factor in the decline in dengue cases has yet to be determined, however dengue remains a public health threat in Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on previous data and trends in dengue fever, the Disease Control Division, MOH has found that there was a surge in dengue cases in 2010, 2015 and 2019. Dengue outbreaks in Malaysia are expected to record a high increase every four to five years. As such, dengue fever cases are expected to rise again in 2024 or 2025, with the incidence expected to be higher than the number of cases recorded in 2019.
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