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In a follow-up on the dengue fever situation in Malaysia, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia reports 46,495 cumulative cases through October 15. This is a 123 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021 (20,847).

The dengue related death toll has risen to 28 this year, up from 15, or 87 percent last year.

53 dengue hotspot localities were reported the week ending October 15 to include: 32 localities in the State of Selangor, 13 localities in Sabah, six (6) localities in WPKL & Putrajaya and each one (1) locality in Melaka and Penang.

Concerning chikungunya, officials have reported 662 cases year to date.

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.

Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.

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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.

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