Lancet Examines Dengue Fever In Mexico
Lancet World Report examines the factors contributing to aÂ 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.
Mexico’s “vast tropical regions” andÂ densely populated urban areas make the country an “ideal spot for dengue fever.” Some health expertsÂ also say “the rise in global commerce and tourism is one of the main factors, along with climate change, as a root cause of the disease’s expansion.” Experts alsoÂ point toÂ the recent movement of the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the carrier of the disease, into more Mexican states (21 of 31 states) andÂ to higher altitudes.
The article includes information on how large-scale mosquito eradication and education programs underway in Mexico areÂ trying toÂ reduce the incidence of the disease (Cuddehe, 8/22).