Extensive flooding increases risk of dengue fever in Malaysia

In 2012, there were 21,900 reported cases of dengue fever along with 35 deaths across the nation. Now, with extensive flooding in the states of Trengganu, Pahang and Kelantana, there is standing water that favours the proliferation of dengue carrying mosquitoes. Health authorities are warning the public to take preventive measures to drain standing water and reduce the mosquito population. Due to incomplete reporting, lack of access to health care in some areas, and the fact that many persons with dengue fever may not seek medical care and be reported to health authorities, there may be many more cases in the community than are reported.

There is an on-going risk of dengue fever infection in Malaysia. Travellers to these areas can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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