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Break Dengue Partnership Launches Campaign To Reduce Burden Of Disease

The Nation: Campaign against dengue fever launched “[The] ‘Dengue Tribe’ campaign by Break Dengue, a global partnership of individuals and organizations engaged in the fight against dengue fever, is calling on citizens around the world to voice their concern about the growing social burden that represents dengue…” (6/15). Times of…

The Guardian Examines Brazil’s Public, Private Efforts To Curb Dengue Epidemic

The Guardian: Brazil considers vaccines and GM mosquitoes to tackle dengue fever “…Since January, Brazil’s health ministry has spent R$150m (US$50m) fighting dengue. Most of the money has gone to health authorities in towns like Estrela d’Oeste, to fund preventative measures, such as house visits and education programs. … But…

Brazil’s Dengue Outbreak Highlights Issues Within National Health Care System

Reuters: Brazil dengue outbreak exposes tough challenge for Rousseff “An epidemic of dengue fever is fanning public anger over what Brazilians say is President Dilma Rousseff’s biggest challenge — the sad state of the national health care system. … Health Minister Arthur Chioro has blamed the outbreak in part on…

Drought, Water Crisis Blamed For Dengue Spread In Brazil

Bloomberg View: Brazilians Spraying and Praying for Dengue Vaccine Breakthrough “…Amid one of their worst outbreaks of dengue fever — 460,000 people infected and 132 dead this year — Brazilians are understandably jumpy. … Once a mostly Asian affliction, the dengue virus has gone global because of breakneck urbanization, bad…

Brazil Using Soldiers To Educate São Paulo Neighborhoods About Dengue Control

Wall Street Journal: Brazil City Calls In Army to Fight Dengue “Brazil’s biggest city has called in the army to help combat a deadly outbreak of dengue fever that has sickened hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. Soldiers will next week begin going door-to-door in some of São Paulo’s hardest-hit…

Smartphone Technology Helps Track Dengue Cases In Pakistan

Huffington Post: How Cellphones Helped to Dramatically Reduce New Cases of Dengue Fever in Pakistan Ravi Kumar, digital strategist at World Bank Group “…According to Logged On, Smart Government Solutions from South Asia, a report by the World Bank, the [Pakistan] government … came to the decision to use smartphones…

Dengue Outbreak In São Paulo Exacerbated By Drought

Wall Street Journal: Drought-Stricken São Paulo Battles Dengue Fever Outbreak “Inhabitants of this megacity [São Paulo, Brazil], suffering through the worst drought in decades, have unwittingly contributed to an outbreak of dengue fever by storing scarce water in open containers. The tropical mosquito-borne virus, which often results in high fever,…