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Outbreak of New Dengue Strain Feared in Malaysia

A rise in the number of dengue cases in eastern Malaysia has raised fears of an outbreak of a new strain of the viral disease that has affected dozens of children//. A possible outbreak of dengue fever has been detected in Kuantan in Pahang state with at least two-dozen cases reported so far this month.

Authorities are yet to issue a general alert but checks at a hospital in Kuantan showed that preparations had been made for a possible increase in the number of dengue cases.

A health official said several private hospitals had also recorded a significant number of patients suffering from dengue fever. "There have been no fatalities reported so far but we fear that the situation may worsen within the next few weeks," he said. "What we are most worried about is that most of the cases recorded so far involved children, indicating a possible new strain of the disease."

Source: Bio-Bio Technology

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