“While emerging diseases like influenza A(H1N1), also known as swine flu, continue to dominate the headlines, experts say dengue is not only thriving in many endemic areas, it is also spreading to countries previously unaffected by the disease,” New York Times writes.
Lancet World Report examines the factors contributing to a steady uptick in the number of dengue fever cases in Mexico over the past decade. Compared to the year 2000, when “there were 1,781 reported cases â€¦ Last year, the number totalled 33,000, according to Mexico’s Public Health Department. And confirmed cases this year have already surpassed 2008 figures by 15%,” according to the journal.
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Nepal Launches Pilot Project To Reduce Child, Infant Mortality The Child Health Division of the Health Ministry in Nepal on Wednesday announced the beginning of a pilot project to reduce child and infant mortality in 10 districts this year, myrepublica.com reports. As part of the project, female health volunteers will…
Pollution from the world’s wealthiest countries is spreading disease and hunger in developing countries, according to a new Oxfam International report, which calls on developed countries to address global warming when G8 leaders meet in Italy, the Globe and Mail reports.
The “crippling” and “growing burden” of communicable diseases such as dengue fever, polio, or meningitis is not being sufficiently addressed in developing countries, according to “The Epidemic Divide,” a report released Monday by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), AFP/Google.com reports.
Newsweek Examines Efforts To Stop Disease Spread By Genetically Modifing Mosquitoes Newsweek examines the genetic modification of mosquitoes in an effort to stem the spread of dengue fever and malaria. Dengue fever, which is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, “is spreading fast,” according to the magazine, with more than…
With the start of the rainy season, Francisco Duque III, health secretary in the Philippines, on Tuesday emphasized a continued government commitment to controlling and preventing dengue â€“ a disease for which there is currently no vaccine or specific drug, the Manila Times reports.