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BMJ Examines Why India’s Dengue Epidemic Continues To Grow

This BMJ feature examines why India’s dengue epidemic continues to grow worse each year, stating, “In the past decade, according to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), the number of cases has escalated steadily from 3,306 in 2001 to 47,209 in 2012,” and “[d]eaths have risen from 53 in 2001…

Dengue Incidence In Brazil Increased In 2013 Over Last Year

“Health authorities in Brazil say there has been a steep rise in the confirmed cases of dengue fever this year,” with “more than 200,000 people … infected in the first seven weeks of 2013 compared to 70,000 in the same period last year, official figures suggest,” BBC News reports. “Health Minister Alexandre…

Philippines Health Secretary Warns Of Impending Dengue Threat

With the start of the rainy season, Francisco Duque III, health secretary in the Philippines, on Tuesday emphasized a continued government commitment to controlling and preventing dengue – a disease for which there is currently no vaccine or specific drug, the Manila Times reports.

Also In Global Health News: Halted WFP Operations In Somalia; India Food Security; Dengue In Puerto Rico; MDR-TB In Peru

Militants In Somalia Demand WFP Halt Operations “Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabaab militia ordered the World Food Programme [WFP] to halt operations in the country, accusing the United Nations agency of undermining domestic agriculture and supporting foreign troops,” Bloomberg/BusinessWeek reports (Omar, 3/1). “Even in the best years, arid Somalia is only able…

Recent Releases In Global Health

ASTMH Meeting Blog: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s (ASTMH) “Annual Meeting Blog” has a number of posts from this week’s gathering, including: “The ethics of overseas clinical research”; an interview with John Cook, former ASTMH president; American attention to dengue fever; a profile of Michele Barry, senior…

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Enters Phase III Trial In Australia

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the pharmaceutical group Sanofi-Aventis, on Thursday announced the company had begun testing its dengue fever vaccine in a Phase III clinical trial in Australia, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal reports. “Sanofi-Aventis already performed earlier clinical tests on children and adults with the vaccine in the U.S., Asia and Latin America,” Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal adds (Landauro, 11/4).

Also In Global Health News: WFP In North Korea; Maternal Health In Indonesia; Possible Vaccine Contamination; GM Mosquitoes In Malaysia; Mobile Micro-Insurance In Kenya

World Food Programme Director Visits North Korea, Tours Food Factory U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran and former U.S. Special Envoy Jack Pritchard arrived in North Korea Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports (11/2). The visit is WFP’s “first top-level visit to the communist country in nearly 10 years,” the…

NPR Reports On Dengue Vaccine Progress

NPR’s “SHOTS” blog examines the growing interest of pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine to protect against the dengue virus.

Number Of Recorded Dengue Cases Up 36% Over Last Year In Costa Rica

“A total of 8,480 people have been affected by dengue fever in Costa Rica” so far this year, representing an increase of 36 percent, or 2,230 more cases than during the same period last year, according to a Ministry of Health report, Xinhua News reports. “Among all the cases so far, only nine people were affected by hemorrhagic dengue fever, which is a more serious and sometimes mortal type of dengue, the report added,” the news service writes (9/17). Health authorities are urging people to eliminate possible sources of reproduction for mosquitoes, including disposing of old tires, according to a health ministry press release (9/11).

Dengue Vaccine Initiative Launches Redesigned Website, New Blog

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog reports that the Dengue Vaccine Initiative has launched a redesigned website, including a new blog that “will include regular posts about the disease, dengue in the news, the work of DVI and the development of a dengue vaccine” (9/17).