The Houston Chronicle published an op-ed yesterday, co-written by Sabin President Dr. Peter Hotez and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) President Ed Ryan, calling attention to the potential widespread re-emergence of dengue fever and its dreaded complication, dengue hemorrhagic fever, in the Gulf Coast of the United States.

“Given the previous disasters in the Gulf region, including hurricanes and an oil spill, one would like to believe that by now the U.S. government has been deeply sensitized to the plight of poor people living in the coastal areas of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. For instance, it would make sense for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the CDC - to increase its dengue surveillance efforts along the Gulf Coast, and possibly conduct additional studies to detect other diseases transmitted by insect vectors.