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Huge spike in Malaysia's dengue cases and deaths

Published on Jul 1, 2014 11:38 AM
 
The Aedes Mosquito. There has been a 248 per cent spike in the number of cases in Malaysia this year, and a 228 per cent increase in the number of deaths. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - For those who thought that the rise in the number of dengue cases was bad, here's the real bad news - there has been a 248 per cent spike in the number of cases this year, and a 228 per cent increase in the number of deaths.

The total number of reported dengue cases throughout the country this year rose to 42,229 cases compared to 12,143 for the same period last year, said Malaysia's Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam.

As at June 21, 82 people have died of dengue nationwide - a 228 per cent increase compared to the 25 recorded over the same period last year.

On a weekly basis, Dr Subramaniam said 2,021 cases were recorded from June 15 to June 21, a 12.5 per cent increase compared to the 1,797 cases reported the previous week.

 
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