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Study Finds Gap Between India’s Official Dengue Statistics, Actual Disease Burden

News outlets report on the findings of a study in India that show official data on dengue underestimate the disease’s burden. The Economist: The billion-dollar disease “Just because statistics are official does not mean they can be trusted. Take India, where official reported cases of dengue fever look hopelessly inadequate.…

Scientists Launch Global Experiment To Eradicate Dengue

Wall Street Journal: A Scientist Launches Global Crusade Against Dengue Fever “Scientists hoping to eliminate dengue fever, a debilitating disease of the tropics that has made its way to parts of the U.S., are launching an extensive eradication experiment in different regions of the world…” (Taylor, 9/15).

Dengue Cases In Japan Show International Travel Likely Spreads Virus

Bloomberg News: Dengue Fever in Japan Shows Global Spread Through Travel “When Japan identified its first local case of dengue in 70 years last month, it became the latest in a string of countries to battle the tropical fever. The most likely importers of the disease: international travelers…” (Matsuyama, 9/15).

GHIT Fund Announces $15.3M Investment To Tackle Malaria, Chagas, Dengue

Global Health Innovative Technology Fund: Seven New Grant Investments for $15.3 Million to Tackle Malaria, Chagas Disease and Dengue, which is Dramatically on the Rise “The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), a new public health partnership that is bringing Japanese know-how and investment to the global fight against…

Number Of Dengue Cases In Manila, Philippines, Down 75%, Official Says

Xinhua/GlobalPost: Dengue cases in Philippine capital down by 75 pct: official “Dengue cases in Metro Manila, Philippines, significantly declined in the first eight months of this year due to massive clean-up activities and information campaign, a senior government official said Wednesday…” (9/10).

Mosquito-Borne Viruses Reach Japan, U.S.

New York Times: Mosquito-Borne Viruses Hit Japan and the U.S. “Mosquito-borne viruses are showing up unexpectedly in affluent countries where they have been largely unknown. Yoyogi Park, a popular oasis in downtown Tokyo, was closed last week after authorities realized it was the center of Japan’s first outbreak of dengue…

Large Clinical Trial Confirms Efficacy Of Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine

News outlets report on French drugmaker Sanofi’s announcement that its experimental dengue vaccine has reduced disease cases in a large clinical trial. Bloomberg News: Sanofi Dengue Vaccine Works on All Four Types in Study “Sanofi’s experimental vaccine against dengue protected children with all four types of the mosquito-borne illness in…