WHO says Dengue showing global ‘epidemic potential’

January 18, 2013HEALTH – The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that it had charted progress in the fight against tropical diseases but warned that dengue fever was spreading at an alarming rate. “In 2012, dengue ranked as the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease, with an epidemic potential in the world, registering a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the past 50 years,” the Geneva-based UN agency said in a report released Wednesday. The increased transmission rate of the deadly mosquito-borne disease was due to climate change and a greater movement of people, the agency said. An annual two million cases of dengue fever were reported over the last two years by 100 countries, with between 5,000 to 6,000 of them resulting in death. But the WHO’s Raman Velayudhan said the disease was likely underreported and estimated there were as many as 50 million cases a year with more than 20,000 deaths. Dengue is spread by one of four viruses transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It causes high fever, headaches, itching and joint pains. At an advanced stage it can lead to hemorrhaging and death. But the agency also reported “unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases,” saying for example that rabies had been eliminated in several countries. It added that guinea worm — a water-borne infection that causes agonizing pain and leaves sufferers unable to function for months — was on its way to total eradication. –Terra Daily
                                                         Dengue outbreak in Peru, December 2012
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5 Responses to WHO says Dengue showing global ‘epidemic potential’

  1. js says:

    i do know about the dangers of dengue fever in 2005 very good friend of mine came down with this they were turned away from the hospital because there was no room and they had an Advance case of this disease the article says 100 countries reported this and I’m wondering what part of the world it is affecting and what new areas it’s spreading this is a very dangerous disease

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  2. tonic says:

    Odd that all the killing machines mankind has ever invented, are powerless against a tiny insect. We can blow ourselves to kingdom come, but the mosquito will again mutate and carry on, just like we have never been here.

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  3. Kevin says:

    Everytime I read the words “climate change” I cringe, so called climate change is a load of BS don’t swallow it. It is the sun that drives the changes of weather and climate. Particles fom the sun not some phoney cock and bull reason so called scientists have Been harping on about for years.

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  4. nickk0 says:

    Alvin,
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