KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian health official on Monday warned citizens to take steps to eliminate mosquito breeding spots as dengue fever cases have spiked.
The number of reported cases of the infection, which causes severe fever, headaches and joint pain and can trigger fatal haemorrhaging and death, has soared compared to last year, and deaths have doubled.
Between January and late October, 28,200 cases and 60 deaths were recorded, according to government statistics.
There were 17,800 cases and 29 deaths during the same period last year.
Officials have said a key factor has been frequent heavy downpours in recent weeks.
The disease is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which, like other mosquitos, breeds in stagnant water and other damp spots.