Dengue is an epidemic-prone disease spread by mosquitoes and is common in tropical climates. It comes in 4 serotypes, similar but different, all of which circulate in endemic areas, each of which can make a person sick. It causes high fevers and pain, and severe infections can lead to hospitalizations or even life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever. There is no specific treatment. Dengue’s reach is vast and it is growing further: it is present in 128 countries around the world and over half the world’s population lives in areas where dengue is endemic, with global incidence up 50% in the last 30 years. Costs of dengue can be staggering: $9 billion USD annually in direct medical and indirect costs. Ubiquitous, complex diseases like this require an integrated disease prevention strategy.  This includes clinical diagnosis, case management, mosquito vector control, personal protection against mosquito bites, community awareness, and, now for dengue, vaccination.

Learn more about current dengue outbreaks through HealthMap, “real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases…data source include online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health.”

see more at :