WHO issues update on dengue cases in Western Pacific

This graph illustrates weekly case counts in Malaysia up to Oct. 31.
This graph illustrates weekly case counts in Malaysia up to Oct. 31. | Courtesy of the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued an update on dengue fever cases in the Western Pacific earlier this month.

Included within this update are case counts for Malaysia, the Philippines and China, in addition to other nearby areas.

The virus is typically spread through mosquito bites and presents itself with flu-like symptoms. Severe forms of the disease can be lethal, according to the WHO. The organization’s fact sheet also states that global cases have been increasing in recent years, found in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

The Philippines has reported a suspected 142,227 cases of the disease with 411 fatalities as of Oct. 31 of this year. The WHO report indicates that this estimate is approximately 48.6 percent higher that the same period of time in 2014, but these case numbers are not final as delayed reports have not been submitted.

Malaysia has also seen an increase of dengue cases. As of Nov. 21, the country reported 107,079 cases and 293 fatalities. Compared to the 2014 case numbers, this is approximately a 17.7 percent increase for the same time period.

In China, there have been 3,352 cases reported as of Oct. 31. Compared to cases in 2014, there has been a significant decrease, as nearly 30,000 cases were reported in China in 2014, according to WHO information.

Other countries that have reported dengue cases include Vietnam, with 58,633 cases as of Oct. 31; Australia, reporting 1,502 laboratory-confirmed cases as of Oct. 31; Singapore, which reported 9,238 cases as of Nov. 21; and Cambodia, reporting 12,218 cases. 

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