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The Malaysian Ministry of Health reported 2,487 additional dengue cases the week ending August 12, bringing the total for the year to 73,680.

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The 73,680 cases year to date is a 117.3 percent increase compared to the same period in 2022 (39,769).

To date, a total of 53 deaths due to dengue fever complications have been reported compared to 22 deaths for the same period in the year 2022, which is an increase of 31 deaths (140.9%).

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.

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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.

Concerning chikungunya in Malaysia, the cumulative number of chikungunya cases to date is 152 cases.

The most common symptom of chikungunya is an abrupt onset of fever, often accompanied by joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash. Severe joint pain usually lasts a few days but can persist for months or even years. Serious complications are uncommon, but atypical severe cases can cause long-term symptoms and even death, especially in older people.

While for Zika surveillance, a total of 1,932 blood samples and 141 urine samples were screened and the results were all negative.

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