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Friday, December 31, 2010

Malaysia : Dengue cases up by 12% this year

Via The Star :

" PETALING JAYA: A total of 45,901 dengue cases were reported this year, the Health Ministry said.

The figure was an increase of 11.9% from the 41,006 cases in 2009.

The number of dengue deaths also increased with 134 this year compared to 87 in 2009.
The ministry attributed the rise in cases and deaths to secondary infection by four different types of dengue virus or serotype.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said a secondary infection was an infection that occurs during or after treatment of an existing infection.

He said there were four types of dengue serotype – DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4 – that could cause dengue, and immunity against one of these types did not protect one against the other three."

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