Regional Dengue Situation

Laos: Eleven dengue deaths in the first nine months of 2020

Dengue cases in Laos have reached 6,015 with 11 deaths as of 19 September 2020, according to Lao Ministry of Health. The cumulative number of cases reported this year (weeks 1-38) is 5.3 times lower compared to the same period in 2019 when 32,125 cases were reported. The trend is within seasonally expected levels.

Cambodia: Number of dengue cases approaching 10,000 mark

As of 26 September 2020, 9,108 dengue cases with 14 deaths have been reported in Cambodia (case fatality rate (CFR) 0.1%) The number of cases reported as of week 39 is only 15% of the 61,198 cases reported in the same period in 2019. The number of cases reported weekly remains within the normal range of cases reported from 2014 to 2018.

Singapore: Number of cases in 2020 exceeded 2013 largest outbreak

In week 38 (2020), 673 dengue cases were reported in Singapore, which is lower than the previous weeks but still higher compared to the same week in 2019 (n= 225). A total of 29,616 cases has been reported as of 27 September 2020, which is higher than the total during same period in 2013 and 2014, when the largest outbreak was recorded in Singapore’s history.

Philippines: Dengue fever cases are in a downward trend in 2020

During week 38 (2020), a total of 646 dengue cases with one death was reported. This is 95% lower compared to the same period in 2019 (n=13,605). From 1 January to 19 September 2020, the Philippines has reported 66,623 dengue cases with 258 deaths (CFR 0.4%), which is 80% lower compared to the 335,064 cases reported in the same period in 2019.

Thailand: Dengue cases approaaching 50,000 infections

As of 22 September 2020, Thailand has reported 40,406 cases and four deaths. This represents roughly half of the cases reported last year for the period of January till the end of September (69,609 cases).

Vietnam: Number of dengue fever cases is in a downward trend as compared to 2019 (No update)

During week 37 (2020), there were 4,887 cases reported from 55 out of 63 provinces, without deaths. Of the reported cases, there were 3,886 hospital admissions (79.5%). Compared to the previous week (4,628 cases, no deaths), the number of cases increased by 5.6%. As of 13 Sep 2020, 70,585 cases of dengue, including seven deaths, were reported in Viet Nam. This is a decrease of 64.8% compared to the same period in 2019.

Sri Lanka: Dengue fever cases on the decrease from August 2020

According to the Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health, 28,283 dengue cases have been reported as of 19 October 2020. The number of cases has been declining from January until April and increased from May to July before decreasing in August. Colombo and Kandy saw the most number of cases at 4,040 and 3,150 respectively.

India: Dengue cases cross the 10K mark

India has reported 12,078 cases as of July 2020 including eight deaths.

Bangladesh: Zero deaths reported thus far (No new update)

A total of 422 dengue cases were registered across Bangladesh as of 4 September 2020, according to the Directorate General of Health Services. Of them, 413 patients returned home after recovery. Currently, eight patients are undergoing treatment at hospitals in Dhaka, said a DGHS media release. Bangladesh saw a widespread outbreak of dengue in 2019 with 101,354 hospitalized cases and 179 deaths, according to official figures.

Taiwan: 60 imported cases in the first nine months of 2020

As of 12 October 2020, the CDC Taiwan has confirmed 126 cases of dengue fever. Of these, 60 were imported cases, largely from Indonesia (n=19) and the Philippines (n=12). The total figure in 2020 is lower than the 640 cumulative cases reported during the same period in 2019.

Malaysia: Decrease in weekly cases in 2020 as compared to 2019

During week 40 (2020), 1,207 dengue cases have been reported, bringing the cumulative number of reported cases to 78,303 as of 03 October 2020. It is a decrease compared to 102,734 cases for the same period last year. Two dengue death was reported in week 40 with a cumulative figure of 127 deaths in 2020, compared to 149 deaths during the same period in 2019. Dengue activity has a decreasing trend since week 33 and is lower than the cases reported in weeks 25-40 of 2019.

Pakistan: 333 cases of dengue in the first 9 months of 2020

As of 12 September 2020, 333 dengue cases have been reported in Pakistan.

Nepal: Rupandehi had most number of dengue cases

Nepal has reported 261 cases in 2020 and as of 13 September 2020.

Myanmar: 20 fatalities recorded in the first half of 2020 (No new update)

According to the ministry's figures, Myanmar reported 2,862 dengue fever infection cases with 20 deaths as of June 27 this year. 20 townships across the country saw the highest infection rates with 1,069 cases and 12 deaths. Regionally, Sagaing region registered with most infection cases of the mosquito-borne disease, followed by Mandalay region and Mon state, respectively. Myanmar reported 24,345 dengue fever infection cases with at least 100 deaths last year.

Maldives: 4,984 cumulative cases for 2019 (No new update)

As of 31 March 2020, the Maldives reported 153 dengue cases.

Indonesia: 500 fatalities due to dengue fever since January (No new update)

As of 4 July 2020, the Indonesian Health Ministry has recorded a total of 70,000 cases of dengue fever since the beginning of this year, with almost 500 fatal cases nationwide. During the first 10 months of 2019, Indonesian health officials reported 110,921 cases of dengue fever.

China: Number of Dengue cases in 2020 is lower in comparison to 2019

In August 2020, 55 dengue cases and no additional deaths were reported in China. The number of cases reported in 2020 is lower in comparison to the same period in 2019 but following an expected seasonal trend.
Data sources: Media releases; updated on 20/10/2020

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