Malaysia dengue cases up more than 200% in 2023


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The Malaysian Ministry of Health reported 19,450 cumulative cases of dengue during the first two months of 2023, an increase of 212 per cent compared to the same period in 2022 (6,229).

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In 2023 so far, there have been 15 reported dengue-related deaths in Malaysia, compared to two deaths in the same period last year.

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Dengue fever is a disease caused by a virus that is spread by mosquito bites. The disease can take up to two weeks to develop with the disease generally lasting less than a week.

The health effects of dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and light bleeding.

Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (dangerously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

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