Dengue Spreading Internationally Due To Climate Change, Urbanization, Global Travel, Experts Warn

The Telegraph: A ‘perfect storm’: the steady rise of dengue fever worldwide
“Dengue outbreaks are spreading across the globe thanks to a ‘perfect storm’ of climate change, rapid urbanization, and intercontinental travel, experts have warned. So far this year 1.6 million cases of the mosquito-borne fever have been reported in South America, with 80 percent of these in Brazil. … Numerous countries in southeast Asia have also identified a surge in the number of cases. … In the 1970s the flu-like virus — colloquially known as break bone fever because of the severe pain it causes — was endemic in just nine countries. But now severe dengue has taken hold in more than 100 countries, with roughly half of the world’s population now at risk, and is estimated to affect around 100 million people every year…” (Newey, 8/8).

Additional coverage of dengue outbreaks in the Philippines and Bangladesh is available from Agence-France Presse, The BMJ, CNN, and Xinhua News.

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