The health ministry in Malaysia announced that there was more than a 50 percent jump in the number of deaths caused by dengue in 2015 compared to 2014.
According to the ministry, 2015 had the highest number of dengue deaths ever recorded in the country, The Malaysian Star reported. A total of 336 people - an average of 28 a month - died from dengue last year compared to 215 in 2014, a rise of 56.3 percent.
There was also an increase of 11.2 percent in the number of dengue cases throughout last year, up from 108,698 in 2014 to 120,836 cases. The ministry is now cautioning people to brace for an equally bad, if not worse, year ahead.
The ministry's data also showed there were 145 dengue hotspots in the country, with Selangor having the highest number of hotspots at 107. Other hotspots are in Johor (23), Perak (nine), and Penang (three), while Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan and Sabah have one each.