For many people throughout the world, the bite of a mosquito is nothing more than a common annoyance. But for individuals living in dengue endemic countries such an annoyance can quickly turn into a life threatening condition.

Reposted with permission from the TAMEST blog, which is run by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas. 

When we last wrote about Singapore’s dengue outbreak just over a month ago, the total number of cases had already reached over 6,000 – more than the number of cases in all of 2012. Last week, Singapore broke the 10,000 mark.
So far this year the number of dengue cases in Singapore has already surpassed the number of cases reported in 2012, and it looks like it will just keep rising. As of last week, Singapore was reporting over 6,000 cases, while 2012 saw around 4,600.
A new study published in Nature online last week estimates that there are more than three times as many dengue infections as in the official World Health Organization (WHO) figure. The WHO estimates 50-100 million dengue infections a year, while “The global distribution and burden of dengue” report argues that there are 390 million dengue infections per year.

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As the prominence of dengue grows, the need for an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of the burden of disease becomes more and more important. For dengue, this means not just mortality but also morbidity; the true cost of the disease lies not just in the lives lost, but in the burden placed on health systems, the days of work missed, and other harder to calculate figures.

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