PUTRAJAYA: The number of dengue cases continues to soar with a total of 8,246 dengue cases and 212 deaths recorded nationwide from the period of January 4 until Aug 11, the Health Ministry’s iDengue website stated.

Based on statistic provided by the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), the website showed from the number of cases recorded with Selangor leading the charts by being the highest contributor with 43,555 cases recorded during the period.

This was followed by Johor (8,579), Perak (6,920), Kuala Lumpur (4,908), Penang (3,453) and Sabah (1,752) cases the statistic showed.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed the incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades with the actual number of cases going underreported or misclassified.

It is estimated there are 390 million dengue infections per year of which 96 million manifest clinically (with any severity of disease).

In another study on the prevalence of dengue, WHO estimates that 3900 million people, in 128 countries, are at risk of infection with dengue viruses.