High levels of dengue fever in Malaysia this year

The death toll due to dengue fever has reached 104 with the addition of 3 more deaths in the last 4 days. At the same time, there were 890 new cases of this infection reported. The total for this year has risen to almost 33,500 known cases.

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.

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