Dengue

Dengue fever is a viral-borne infection that is caused by one of four dengue viruses, typically spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Infection with one of the dengue viruses will result in immunity after recovery, but one can still be infected with the remaining three dengue viruses - it is also possible for an individual to be infected for up to four times in their lifetime.

Symptoms of dengue are often mistaken for the flu or other viral infections, some of which include severe headache, high fever, severe joint and muscle pains, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, bleeding from nose or gums, swollen lymph glands, and more. Symptoms may also progress to bleeding, shock, and death in severe cases.

Dengue in Malaysia has always been a prevalent problem. In 2019, the number of cases was reportedly over 130,000, among which also records 182 cases that resulted in death. While it’s ideal to prevent infection, it is always better to receive treatment earlier than later if one has been infected with the dengue virus to avoid life-threatening circumstances.