KUALA LUMPUR (dpa) – Deaths due to dengue fever rose by more than 200 per cent in Malaysia during the first nine months of the year, a report said Saturday.
A total 149 deaths nationwide due to the mosquito-borne disease were recorded through September, compared to 48 deaths registered during the same period last year, the New Straits times said.
The total number of dengue cases in the first three quarters also increased to 77,527 from 23,099 for the reporting period, it said.
“Based on past experience, we know that the alternating dry and wet spells lead to the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes,” the newspaper quoted Health Minister S Subramaniam as saying.
Dengue, also known as “break-bone fever”, causes internal bleeding, organ impairment, respiratory distress and sometimes death. Symptoms include nausea, headache and severe muscle and joint pain.