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Study Finds Gap Between India’s Official Dengue Statistics, Actual Disease Burden

News outlets report on the findings of a study in India that show official data on dengue underestimate the disease’s burden.

The Economist: The billion-dollar disease
“Just because statistics are official does not mean they can be trusted. Take India, where official reported cases of dengue fever look hopelessly inadequate. … A new report, published on October 7th, gives the first clear sense of how wrong the official data may be, and makes a stab at producing reliable statistics…” (10/7).

LiveMint: India’s dengue cases 282 times higher than official data: study
“The annual number of dengue fever cases in India was around six million between 2006 and 2012, about 282 times higher than average of 20,474 cases reported by the ministry of health, according to a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene…” (Jagwani, 10/7).

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