Dengue fever cases hit a high in parts of Southeast Asia

The recent dengue fever activity in Asia has been more severe this year than that of last year.  Several Southeast Asian countries are seeing record numbers of people infected with dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus for which there is currently no approved vaccine or specific drug treatment.  The researchers from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust estimated that 70 percent of the world’s serious dengue cases were in Asia, with India alone accounting for 34 percent of the total.  

dengue-1According to the World Health Organization, Laos had a total of 10,159 dengue fever cases in 2013 as of June 26, which was eight times higher than the same period in 2012.  As of June this year, 11,343 cases of dengue fever were recorded by the Singaporean authority.  This is a six-times increase when compared with the same period in 2012.  More than 40,000 people in Thailand’s capital Bangkok are suffering from the world’s fastest spreading tropical disease while up to 150,000 people nationwide may have come down with the virus since the beginning of the year.

In Myanmar, the health authorities warned that the country could be in the grip of a dengue fever epidemic with the number of reported cases this year already surpassing that of the whole of 2012.  In Cambodia, the number of cases was 4,464. In addition, there were 13,903 cases in Vietnam, 11,485 cases in Malaysia, and 37,895 cases in the Philippines.

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