CIDRAP >> WHO says 40% of population at risk for dengue feverPosted: January 24, 2012
“Today, severe dengue affects most Asian and Latin American countries and has become a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children in these regions,” the statement said. It called dengue “a major international health concern.”
The disease, caused by a mosquito-borne virus, is now endemic in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, the eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and the western Pacific, the WHO said. Before 1970, only nine countries had faced severe epidemics.
“Not only is the number of cases increasing as the disease spreads to new areas, but explosive outbreaks are occurring,” the agency said. Outbreaks are now possible in Europe, following the first reports of local transmission in France and Croatia in 2010.