Malaysia Sees Uptick In Dengue Cases

Malaysia Sees Uptick In Dengue Cases

The Malaysian Health Ministry has revealed that the number of dengue cases has gone up when compared on a week-to-week basis.

In a statement released on their Facebook today, the Health Director-General Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan said that the 43rd Epidemiological Week (ME43) of Oct 22-28 saw an uptick in dengue cases from 2,272 cases, compared to 2,262 cases in the previous week.

In the same statement, Dr Muhammad Radzi also said that compared to the same period last year where the cumulative dengue cases numbered at 49,569,  the cumulative dengue cases reported so far this year totalled 98,715, an increase of 49,146 cases (99.1%).

The uptick in the number of cases also meant that there is an increase in the number of deaths caused by dengue as well.

“A total of 73 deaths due to dengue fever complications were reported, compared to 33 deaths in the corresponding period last year,” he added.

However, Dr Muhammad Radzi also added that while the number of cases increased, the number of dengue hotspot dropped to 68 localities from 73 in the previous week, with 49 localities in Selangor, nine in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, six in Perak, and one each in Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Sarawak.

In the statement, Dr Muhammad Radzi also touched on Chikungunya, where four cases were recorded in ME43, bringing the cumulative figure so far this year to 181 cases.

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