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Dengue showing global 'epidemic potential': WHO

Published on Jan 16, 2013 10:01 PM
 
Patients lie under a mosquito net at a dengue fever ward at a hospital in Villa Elisa city near Asuncion, Jan 9, 2013. The World Health Organisation (WHO) 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. --PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) 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 United Nations agency said in a report released on 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.

 
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