1. The World’s Rise Of Breakbone Fever
The World Health Organization published a report today ranking dengue fever — also known as breakbone fever — as the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease.
Dengue cases have increased 30-fold around the world over the past 50 years. The report describes its rise:


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. This increase underscores the need to implement sustainable prevention and control interventions rather than rely on responses to outbreaks…Although the full global burden of the disease is uncertain, the patterns are alarming both for human health and the global economy.


Read more about the WHO’s report.
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    The World’s Rise Of Breakbone Fever

    The World Health Organization published a report today ranking dengue fever — also known as breakbone fever as the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease.

    Dengue cases have increased 30-fold around the world over the past 50 years. The report describes its rise:

    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. This increase underscores the need to implement sustainable prevention and control interventions rather than rely on responses to outbreaks…Although the full global burden of the disease is uncertain, the patterns are alarming both for human health and the global economy.

    Read more about the WHO’s report.

    Map from the WHO.

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