The world's sprawling megacities are providing perfect breeding grounds for the mosquito that spreads dengue fever, experts have warned, as new figures show that the number of deaths from the disease has risen dramatically.
In a two-week period, Thailand health officials reported an additional 4,000 dengue fever cases and eight deaths. According to the Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology, as of October 29, a total of 70146 cases were reported from 77 provinces.
Health authorities of the state of Chiapas, on the southernmost tip of Mexico, are reporting a large number of dengue fever cases, prompting a health alert in the area.
Lao heath authorities are assessing their response to dengue fever after more than 4,600 infections along with 14 deaths have been recorded in the country up to September 14 this year.
Robert Peckham and Ria Sinha say Hong Kong can draw on both its history of epidemics and the talent and technological expertise in the Pearl River Delta region to tackle mosquito-borne diseases.
An uncommon combination of triple diseases — dengue, chikungunya and scrub typhus — has shocked hospital doctors in Jaipur, with two cases reported in 11 days.
Cambodia had reported a total of 5,284 dengue fever cases in the first six months of 2018, a 234 percent rise compared with 1,580 cases over the same period last year.
The Queensland city has recorded zero cases of locally-transmitted dengue in the four years since the modified mosquitoes were released, compared to 54 cases in the previous four years.
Approximately 1,000 cases of dengue have been reported so far this year in Bangladesh, resulting in the death of eight people in the capital city Dhaka.
The analysis of 1959-2009 data revealed that population density and proximity to a country already experiencing an outbreak were the factors most closely associated with a country's own likelihood of experiencing an outbreak.