According to the World Health Organization’s latest research, dengue fever is expected to imperil 2.5 billion people worldwide, mostly in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Statistics show that 1 in 18 people every year die from the disease otherwise known as the ‘breakbone fever’ due to the high fever accompanied by severe bone and joint pains.
No specific treatment or vaccine is available in the market, yet. Thus, the Eliminate Dengue Vietnam research team begins the dengue battle by controlling the mosquitoes themselves by infecting mosquitoes with bacteria called Wolbachia. This bacteria keeps Aedes aegypti mosquitoes from getting dengue, and transmitting the virus to humans. In short, its a natural vaccine!
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In light of World Vaccine Congress Asia 2014 taking place on 9-12 June 2014 in Singapore, an e-book titled ‘The Dengue Vaccine Challenge’ is on its way! Keep a look out!
The Congress will be covering the most prevalent diseases and emerging viruses in Asia, including dengue fever.