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ASEAN Members Sign New Action Plan To Fight Dengue

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday as part of an event marking ASEAN Dengue Day signed a new action plan aimed at fighting dengue in the region, the Jakarta Post reports.

ASEAN Region Recognizes First Dengue Day To Raise Awareness

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the launch of Dengue Day on Wednesday called on all sectors of society to unite in the battle against the disease, which has developed into a formidable threat to health in Asia, a press statement said,” Xinhua reports.

Dengue Vaccine Could Be Available In Four Years

A vaccine against the mosquito-borne infection dengue, the first to reach the final stage of clinical testing, “has seen ‘very promising’ results in Thailand, a specialist involved in the tests said on Friday,” Reuters reports (Petty/Mahlich, 6/10).

Google Launches Dengue Trends Tool To Track Outbreaks

“Google has launched Dengue Trends, a tool that aims to detect dengue fever outbreaks around the world using the same methodology behind Google Flu Trends,” PC Magazine reports (Yin, 5/31).

Sanofi Hopes To Launch Dengue Vaccine In 2014

France’s Sanofi-Pasteur, the world’s largest vaccine maker, said Friday it hopes to introduce a dengue vaccine in 2014 to some high-risk nations, AlertNet reports.

Also In Global Health News: Gender Imbalance In India; Task-Shifting On Abortion; Family Planning In The Philippines; Antimicrobial Resistance; Dengue Fever In Paraguay; AIDS Drug Demand In Kenya; mHealth In Africa

India Census Data Reveal Gender Imbalance India’s child sex ratio declined to 914 females to 1,000 males, which is the lowest level since 1947, census data released on Thursday show, Agence France-Presse reports (3/31). “Despite laws banning expectant parents from doing prenatal tests to determine the gender of their unborn child,…

Also In Global Health News: Methadone Maintenance In Africa; Dengue Vaccine; HIV/AIDS In Ukraine; Human Rights In Russia; Chevron, USAID $50M MOU

First Methadone Maintenance Program In Sub-Saharan Africa Opens Its Doors In Tanzania The New York Times examines “the first methadone maintenance program in sub-Saharan Africa,” which opened this month in a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with funding support from PEPFAR. “While heroin use is not common in Africa,…