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Health Ministry: Expect Second Wave Of Dengue From Early June To September 2020

Health Ministry: Expect Second Wave Of Dengue From Early June To September 2020

Kirat Kaur

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As Malaysia celebrates the decline of Covid-19 cases in the nation, the Health Ministry has released a warning for the second wave of another deadly virus infection – dengue.

A second wave of dengue cases is expected to hit the nation early June and carry on until September 2020, based on the trend of dengue cases in the nation over the last 5 years.

From January to 6 June 2020, 48,584 cases of dengue fever were reported, with a total of 84 deaths this year.

While the total figure is an 11% drop from last year’s 54,524 cases in the same time frame, the numbers climbed over the last 6 weeks with an average of 8% each week.

Dengue fever infections in Malaysia, 2019 vs 2020.
(Credit: @KKMPutrajaya/Twitter)

Moreover, the Health Ministry notes that 11% of this year’s dengue fever deaths were due to late treatment.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah hypothesised that premises closed during the Movement Control order (MCO) period had inadvertently become breeding grounds for the virus-carrying Aedes mosquito.

Just like the novel coronavirus, there is no vaccine available for the dengue virus.

As such, the Health Ministry urges the public to increase the level of cleanliness and hygiene in their surroundings, especially in places that collect water which are a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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