1996 - Dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever in the Philippines and Malaysia
18 July 1996
Disease Outbreak Reported
Philippines. As of 14 July, 1 485 suspected cases of dengue fever with 26 deaths had been reported. Epidemiological investigations are in progress.
Malaysia. The number of cases of dengue continued to increase during June and reached 4 813 with 13 deaths by 13 July. This is an increase of 2 363 since May, and 55% above the number reported in the corresponding period in 1995. Dengue haemorrhagic fever was diagnosed in 252 (5.5%) of 4 561 cases. Nearly 66% of all cases were reported in Federal Territory (1 812 cases) and Selangor (1 344 cases) and 20% were from the states of Johor (458), Perak (303) and Pahang (203). The WHO Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus Reference and Research at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur has isolated 20 strains of dengue virus of which 13 were dengue type 2, 6 type 1 and 1 type 3. Based on experience from past seasons the epidemic is expected to continue until the end of August.