After reporting some 120,000 dengue fever cases in 2015, dengue continues to be a major issue in Malaysia in 2016 as the case count tops 30,000.

Aedes mosquito
Aedes aegypti image/CDC

According to the Ministry of Health, 30,924 dengue cases have been reported through Mar. 13. More than half the cases have been reported in Selangor state.

In addition, 75 dengue related fatalities have been reported to date.

Dengue is an infectious disease caused by the dengue virus (DENV). There are 4 serotypes called DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3 and DENV-4. Infection with one serotype produces lifelong immunity against that serotype reinfection. Successive infection with two different serotypes is a risk factor for developing the severe forms of the disease.

The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are transmitters of dengue.