Dengue is fastest-spreading tropical disease, WHO says

While certain neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have decreased dramatically over the years, guinea worm disease and African sleeping sickness are two examples),

the mosquito borne viral disease,
dengue fever has been given the dubious honor of being ranked as the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease, with an epidemic potential in the world,

according to the Second World Health Organization (WHO) report on neglected tropical diseases published Jan. 16. (Download full report)

According to the report, between 1955 and 1959, the number of countries reporting cases of dengue increased from three to eight; in 2012, the geographical distribution of dengue included more than 125 countries. Dengue registered a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the past 50 years.

The emergence and spread of the four dengue viral serotypes across WHO’s African, the Americas, South-East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean regions represents a pandemic threat…

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