Dengue fever reported in Malaysia and Indonesia

Malaysia is already reporting large numbers of cases of dengue fever this year. In January, there were almost 3,000 cases reported in just one week. Selangor is the most affected state with at least 1,000 cases. Penang has reported 2 deaths.

In Indonesia, the municipality of Manado in North Sulawesi is reported 2 deaths among the 17 reported cases. This exceptionally high death rate suggests that there are a lot of unreported cases in the community.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Dengue Fever.

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