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Dengue Fever in Malaysia

25 Jan 2012

Dengue fever is causing concern in Kuala Lumpur. Since December 2011, the number of cases has risen to an average of 400 per week. The recent increase is thought to be related to a change in the weather. Previously the average number of new dengue fever cases was between 300-350 per week at this time of year.

Malaysia is testing the introduction of genetically modified Aedes mosquitoes to help reduce transmission of dengue virus. At present, mosquitoes have been released into non-populated areas of the country. The Health Ministry is hopefull that a vaccine against dengue fever will be in use by 2015.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.