With the slogan “Immunization for a healthy future. Know, Check, Protect” WHO reminds us this week that vaccines prevent 2-3 million deaths each year. Just imagine this: 2 to 3 million lives. This equals the populations of countries like Mongolia or Botswana.  

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.

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