The number of dengue cases in the Americas increased five-fold between 2003 and 2013, according to data presented this week at a high-level regional meeting on dengue hosted by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
Mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other insects can be far more than a nuisance. The diseases they carry-malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and many others-can cause serious illness and in some cases death. In the Americas, one out of every two people lives in an area at risk of one or more of these vector-borne diseases.
Roughly 50% of people living in the Western Hemisphere are at risk of one or more diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors, including West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. In a “call to action” for World Health Day 2014, top health experts from North and South America and the Caribbean urged greater efforts by governments, communities and individuals to control the spread of these and other vector-borne diseases.
PAHO Director Message on World Health Day 2014 (03/18/2014)
An educational video game on dengue (07/26/2013)
13º International Dengue Course (01/08/2013)
New CDC test for dengue approved (07/03/2012)
12th International Dengue Course (8-19 August 2011) (01/05/2011)
Aedes Aegypti: medidas para el control del vector (11/29/2010)
External Parties Materials: Dengue (04/21/2009)