By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
While the dengue fever situation in the Philippines has got to the point where health officials had to declare a national dengue epidemic, neighboring southeast Asian countries are also reporting increases in the mosquito-borne illness. Both Vietnam and Malaysia have seen recent increases.
The Ministry of Health in Vietnam reported 9,449 dengue cases the week ending July 21 with eight out of 10 people requiring hospitalization for their illness.
The number of cases has been increasing since April. Since Jan. 1, there have been a total of 115,186 cases with 12 deaths reported, a 3.3-fold increase compared to the same period in 2018 of 34,773 cases including 9 deaths.
Malaysian health officials have reported an increasing dengue trend over the past seven weeks. Through Aug. 7, the Ministry of Health has reported 81,120 dengue fever cases this year, including 113 deaths.
Selangor state has accounted for more than 45,000 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 9,168 cases.