2/13/2012 1:00:00 PM

Dengue fever risk has grown dramatically

More than 40% of world’s population is affected
On the report of the World Health Organization the global incidence of dengue has increased considerably in recent decades. Today about a half of the world's population is at risk of this mosquito-borne viral infection. The most vulnerable groups are urban populations in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world.
The WHO warns that this severe increase of dengue becomes a major international public health concern as the disease is currently endemic in more than 100 countries. The worst affected areas currently are South-east Asia and the Western Pacific regions.

According to the current estimation there may be up to 100 million dengue infections annually worldwide; with about 500 000 cases of severe dengue fever (which is fatal in 2.5% of cases).

There are no approved vaccines for the dengue virus for the moment and subsequently the only way to prevent the disease is to combat the vector mosquitoes which transmit the virus.

Recently, The Express Tribune has reported that the Government of Pakistan is urging citizens to take actions to prevent mosquito breeding around their homes and is maintaining its anti-dengue activities in accordance with The Dengue Epidemic Control Regulations 2011 (which are in force again until the end of November 2012).