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Blog Examines Efforts To Prevent Dengue In Brazil, Other Latin American Countries

Miriam Alvarado, a post-bachelor fellow and global health data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, writes in a guest post in Humanosphere about how dengue “is rapidly expanding its reach across the planet.” She focuses specifically on dengue in Brazil, writing, “The rapid rise in dengue cases in Brazil is not unique. Many countries in the region and elsewhere have experienced increases in the burden of dengue. Proven strategies exist to combat dengue and the dengue-causing mosquito, and new approaches are being developed.” However, “Brazil’s battle against dengue is worth special scrutiny because this country is one of the world’s up-and-coming ‘emerging markets,’ and improving health is a top priority on its development agenda,” Alvarado states, discussing strategies to prevent the disease (8/1).