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Singapore Facing Record Dengue Outbreak

“An unusually severe dengue epidemic in Singapore has claimed its fifth fatality this year, even as health officials try to beat back the city-state’s worst-ever outbreak of the tropical disease,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time” blog reports. “The death of a 52-year-old man Tuesday came despite signs…

Central American Countries Mobilizing Against Widespread Dengue Outbreak

“Central America is on track to have one of its worst years ever for the painful, sometimes fatal disease of dengue, prompting governments across the region to mobilize against the mosquito-borne virus,” the Associated Press reports in an article examining efforts by several countries. “There have been 120,000 suspected cases…

Blog Examines Efforts To Prevent Dengue In Brazil, Other Latin American Countries

Miriam Alvarado, a post-bachelor fellow and global health data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, writes in a guest post in Humanosphere about how dengue “is rapidly expanding its reach across the planet.” She focuses specifically on dengue in Brazil, writing, “The rapid rise in dengue…

Honduran Government Declares State Of Emergency Over Dengue Fever Outbreak

“The Honduran government declared a state of emergency Tuesday due to the spread of dengue fever, which has killed 16 people this year and infected more than 12,000, local media reported,” Xinhua writes (7/31). “Health Minister Salvador Pineda said Tuesday’s decree means the government is making it a priority to prevent…

Association Of Southeast Asian Nations Recognizes Dengue Day

“Last week the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional organization comprising 10 countries, celebrated Dengue Day …, an excellent way to raise awareness about the burden of dengue which infects [up to] 100 million people worldwide every year, three-quarters of them living in Asia and the Pacific,” Anupama…

Singapore, Thailand Face Worsening Dengue Outbreaks

“As weekly dengue fever infections surge to a record, Singaporean health officials are stepping up efforts to beat back a tropical disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time” blog reports. More than 9,400 people have been infected so far this…

Research Suggests Number Of Dengue Cases Three Times Higher Than Current WHO Estimate

“Around 390 million people are infected each year with dengue fever — the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease — more than triple the current estimate by the World Health Organization, experts said on Sunday,” Reuters reports. The findings, published by researchers from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust in the…

Dengue Incidence In Brazil Increased In 2013 Over Last Year

“Health authorities in Brazil say there has been a steep rise in the confirmed cases of dengue fever this year,” with “more than 200,000 people … infected in the first seven weeks of 2013 compared to 70,000 in the same period last year, official figures suggest,” BBC News reports. “Health Minister Alexandre…

BMJ Examines Why India’s Dengue Epidemic Continues To Grow

This BMJ feature examines why India’s dengue epidemic continues to grow worse each year, stating, “In the past decade, according to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), the number of cases has escalated steadily from 3,306 in 2001 to 47,209 in 2012,” and “[d]eaths have risen from 53 in 2001…

WHO Warns Of Dengue’s Spread, Says Progress Made Against NTDs In New Report

“Dengue is the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease and represents a ‘pandemic threat,’ infecting an estimated 50 million people across all continents, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. In a statement, the WHO said dengue “register[ed] a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the past 50 years,” and the…