Meta Description: Dengue virus infection has emerged as the most-feared viral illness in the tropics. The largest population at risk and the hardest hit are children living in Asia.
Until mid-20th century dengue was mostly a disease in South East Asia although it is today of public health concern also in South Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and even some parts of the United States (Puerto Rico). In temperate countries cases have surfaced in returning travelers. Local transmission was established and nearly one hundred persons were infected.
With global warming threatening to alter disease epidemiology, dengue is the foremost mosquito borne viral disease that endangers the world’s population. The annual caseload of dengue viral infection globally, is estimated at between 50 and 100 million cases or even 500 million. With World Health Organisation reporting a 30 fold increase globally, over the past half century the economic burden on developing countries in Asia warrants close scrutiny.
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