China to Join and Expand Anti-Dengue Project

The Eastern Dispatch

The dengue virus, transmitted by mosquitoes and threatening over half the world’s population, is described by the WHO as ‘’a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children’’. Symptoms include a high fever, vomiting, swollen glands, rashes or muscle pains; however, the virus ‘’occasionally’’ mutates into severe dengue, adding bleeding gums, severe abdominal pain, and fatigue to the list. The next 24 to 48 hours of this stage may end with the death of the infected: no vaccine or specific treatment has been developed for the dengue virus, which can have a mortality rate of up to roughly 20%.

‘’Before 1970, only nine countries had experienced severe dengue epidemics. The disease is now endemic in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, South-east Asia and the Western Pacific. […] Cases across the Americas, South-east Asia and Western Pacific [, the three most heavily-impacted regions] have exceeded…

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