More than half of the world’s population is at risk of contracting diseases carried by small organisms like mosquitoes, snails and sand flies.

In a new editorial published in PLOS NTDs, Sabin Vaccine Institute president Dr.

Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics and is transmitted through a simple mosquito bite.

Sabin is happy to announce the arrival of our 2012 Annual Report, featuring highlights from our three programs – Vaccine Advocacy and Education, The Sabin Product Development Partnership, and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.
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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