In an update on the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak in Malaysia this year, health officials have reported a 127 percent increase in cases over 2017 for the same period.

Image/Malaysia MOH
Image/Malaysia MOH

From Jan.1 – Aug. 25, 2017, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 24,398 cases. During the same period this year, health officials report 55,391 HFMD cases.

The death toll remains at two.

Selangor state has seen the most cases at 15,912, followed by Sarawak (6,827), WPKL and Putajaya (6,032) and Perak (4,371). All states have shown an increase in cases this year.

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In the most recent weekly report– 19 August to 25 August 2018, 2,235 cases were reported with a reduction of 1,591 cases (41.6%) as compared to the previous week (12 August to 18 August 2018); ie 3,826 cases. All states showed a decrease of 13.3% to 65.5%.