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Dengue is being neglected, says WHO expert

Dengue is being neglected, says WHO expert

Dengue fever is an acute febrile illness caused by a virus and transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, being one of the major public health problems in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 50 and 100 million people will become infected every year with dengue in more than 100 countries on all continents except Europe. During the 1st Asian-Latin American International Workshop on Diagnosis, Clinical Management and Surveillance of Dengue, which will take place in Brasilia until Thursday (16). ), the coordinator of management and ecology of the WHO vector, Raman Velayudhan, said that dengue has been neglected.

The specialist identifies dengue as a dynamic and at the same time neglected disease: "Essentially it is the disease Dengue is the biggest threat due to climate and environmental changes and the spread of dengue fever, which is a major cause of dengue fever. (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). "

" These mosquitoes have the ability to store eggs in many different places. scale will be a challenge that is practically impossible. Therefore, we have to bring the population to a level where this happens, "Raman warned.

With the reduction of dengue cases people may be" less afraid "of being infected and is harmful to the disease. The WHO has already worked on a number of tools and new technologies to help several countries in the control of vectors.

According to José Luís San Martín, regional advisor of PAHO / WHO for the control of dengue, the first records of dengue in Latin America refer 400 years ago. "The Americas is a continent with a long history of circulation of the virus. In the 1980s, there was a stabilization, but this cycle has been disrupted in the last four years with the entry of chikungunya and zika virus. "

The event by the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Singapore Cooperation Program aims to strengthen the technical capacities of participants from countries in the Americas and Asia on the The countries participating in the workshop are Brazil, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico , Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Vietnam.

According to Luis Castellanos, head of the Unit for Neglected, Tropical and Vector-Transmitted Infectious Diseases of PAHO / WHO, the UN agency and is focused on populations living in situations of vulnerability and extreme poverty in the Americas region.

The meeting between Latin American and Asian countries is an enriching initiative in terms of public health. "We have to be stronger than this vector and this disease, we have to share the best practices of our countries accumulated over time," he warned. > With information from the United Nations in Brazil.


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