Chikungunya virus-associated death in Malaysia

Sam, I.C. and Kamarulzaman, Adeeba and Ong, G.S.Y. and Veriah, R.S. and Ponnampalavanar, S. and Chan, Y.F. and AbuBakar, Sazaly (2007) Chikungunya virus-associated death in Malaysia. Tropical Biomedicine, 27 (2). pp. 343-347. ISSN 0127-5720,

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Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne alphavirus which causes fever, rash, and arthralgia. In the past, life-threatening complications were very rarely reported. However, during the recent worldwide outbreaks, there have been several reports of unusually severe complications and deaths. Malaysia is experiencing a nationwide outbreak of CHIKV, with over 10 000 patients affected since April 2008. We report the first case of culture-confirmed CHIKV-associated death in Malaysia, in a patient with fever, rash, acute exacerbation of pre-existing heart failure, rhabdomyolysis, and multiple organ failure. CHIKV infections may cause atypical, severe or fatal presentations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Sam, I.-C. Kamarulzaman, A. Ong, G. S. Y. Veriah, R. S. Ponnampalavanar, S. Chan, Y. F. AbuBakar, S.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chikungunya Virus
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms azrahani halim
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 02:15
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 08:12

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