Dengue activity is variable. While Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Philippines have reported more cases in 2012 than 2011 for the same time period, the trend is declining in Australia and Philippines, and remains overall low in Malaysia and Singapore.
Cambodia continues to see high activity and activity has also been increasing in Lao PDR.
Detailed information on the recent weekly or monthly trend in the reported number of cases:Australia: 1 049 cases up to 30 June in 2012; 486 cases reported for the same time period in 2011. Number of reported cases has been decreasing since Jan 2012.
Cambodia: 11 037 cases (45 deaths; CFR 0.4%) up to 19 June in 2012 with sustained high and increasing activity compared to historic seasonal baseline; 3 183 cases (16 deaths; CFR 0.5%) in 2011 for the same time period.
Lao PDR: 1 638 cases (3 deaths; CFR 0.2%) up to 30 June in 2012; 899 cases in 2011 for the same time period. The numbers of cases for the last 4 weeks were above historic average for the last 5 years.
Malaysia: 11 430 cases (22 deaths; CFR 0.2%) up to 23 June in 2012 with continuing low activity; 9 879 cases (15 deaths; CFR 0.2%) in 2011 for the same time period. Number of cases has remained low.
Philippines: 34 232 cases up to 9 June in 2012 with recent increase in activity; 32 238 cases in 2011 for the same time period.
Singapore: 1 982 cases up to 30 June in 2012. The weekly number of cases has been increasing during the last 3 weeks. 2 325 cases reported in 2011 for the same time period.
Viet Nam: 18 052 cases (9 deaths) up to 31 May in 2012, which is 13% higher compared to the same period in 2011 (16 004 cases [12 deaths]).
Source: WPRO / Dengue situation update
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