Dengue fever in Malaysia – Summary Update
The extensive transmission of dengue fever in Malaysia this year continues to spread. The following states and localities in particular continue to report significant transmission of this virus:
- Selangor – 6,790 infected people to date
- Johor – 918 infected people to date
- WP Kuala Lumpur – 973 infected people to date
- Perak – 1,001 infected people to date
- Kelantan – 665 infected people to date
There are a number of other states and localities that have high reports of Dengue fever as well, with the total number of infected people since the beginning of 2017 reported at 12,744.
The absence of reports from other areas does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.
All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.