Preparing for a Dengue Fever Vaccine: Why Brazil's Ahead of the Game
Monday, January 27, 2014
Dr. Ciro de Quadros stresses the importance of preparing for a potential dengue vaccine.
"Dengue fever is now endemic in more that 125 countries. Six vaccines are currently in clinical development and policymakers and global health leaders need to be ready for when they come on the market.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called dengue fever the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease with "epidemic potential" and "staggering" consequences. In the past 50 years, the number of reported cases has increased 30-fold. While the WHO estimates that 50-100m dengue infections occur each year, a new Nature study calculated that nearly 400m infections occurred in 2010 – four times as many as the official estimates."