By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

Malaysian health authorities have reported a record season for dengue fever in 2019. According to officials data, 130,101 dengue cases were reported through December 28 this year, well above the 120,836 cases recorded in 2015.

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Far from a record, officials also saw 174 dengue-related deaths through Dec. 14 –2015 brought Malaysia 336 deaths–but up from 2018’s 140 deaths.

While Selangor state continues to see the most dengue with more than 72,000 cases, other states are recording big increases in cases compared to last year.

For example, Sarawak state saw a more than 200 percent increase in dengue in 2019.

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What has contributed to the increase in cases?

According to Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, as published in the Borneo Post:

“Change of virus type from Dengue Virus type 1 to type 2 at end 2018 and early 2019; population in urban centers more concentrated hence transmission easier; changing weather with rainy season in between dry, hot spells; and overall cleanliness are among the factors.”

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