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Media Outlets Examine Dengue’s Spread, Prevention Research

According to the WHO, dengue “infections [this year] are breaking records all over Asia and Latin America — from sweeping epidemics in Nicaragua to the worst outbreaks in six years in India, 20 years in Thailand and the first homegrown case in Western Australia in seven decades,” TIME reports. “The U.S. has not been spared either, with the first case in a major city in Houston and ‘serious levels’ in Florida,” the news magazine notes. “Mosquitoes have more places to breed now that chemical spraying is less effective, and population clusters give the disease areas to propagate,” TIME writes, adding, “This now includes the temperate climates of Europe and North America. Scientists say global warming may play a part — since associated higher rainfall creates more stagnant water that in turn allows more mosquito larvae to hatch” (Campbell, 11/18). “Right now, with no vaccine against the virus, the best defense available is reducing mosquito habitat in areas where dengue fever is common,” Scientific American reports in an article examining why some areas are affected by the disease while others are not (Maron, 11/15). The Florida Times-Union profiles the U.S. Navy’s entomology program, which is researching ways to fight mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue (Davis, 11/16).