Kelantan health authorities have expressed concern over the rise in the number of dengue cases in the state this year. Kelantan, Malaysia. 16/08/2010
Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are acute febrile diseases which occur in the tropics, can be life-threatening, and are caused by four closely related virus serotypes of the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae.It is also known as breakbone fever, since it can be extremely painful.
Kelantan recorded 1,707 cases of dengue, including five deaths this year up to July 24 compared to 1,031 cases, including one death, during the corresponding period last year.
Three of the five deaths this year occurred in the Pasir Mas district and the two others in the Kota Baru district according to Kelantan health authorities.
A special program "Jom Ganyang Aedes" (Let's Destroy the Aedes Mosquito) campaign for the Kota Baharu district, were launch as measures taken to prevent further spread of the disease.