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Proactive, Integrated Approach Including Vaccination Critical To Control Dengue

Huffington Post: 4 Billion People At Risk Of Being Infected With The Fastest Growing Mosquito-Borne Disease
Melvin Sanicas, vaccinologist and public health physician

“…No specific antiviral therapy exists [for dengue], but after decades of research, we now have a vaccine. A vaccine could have a major public health impact if the particular disease has a high incidence. The effect on the overall incidence of dengue will depend largely on the number of people who become vaccinated. The approach to dengue is almost always reactive — only when there is an outbreak. It is important to be pro-active in controlling dengue before it becomes an even greater threat. An integrated approach of vector control, public awareness, monitoring and surveillance, and vaccination will lead to great progress in the control of the disease and will eliminate dengue as a public health problem firstly in endemic areas” (3/14).

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