Infographics: Dengue - Turning up the volume on a silent disaster

Over the past 50 years, dengue has spread from nine countries to over one hundred countries, a 30- fold increase in global incidence, making it the most rapidly-spreading vector-borne disease.

Today, almost half of the world’s population lives in dengue-endemic countries. The disease burden has risen from 15,000 cases per year in the 1960s to 390 million, more than half the population of Europe. Once seen as an urban and peri-urban disease, dengue is increasingly becoming a challenge in rural areas as well.

Despite the unprecedented increase in dengue cases, global media attention has been almost non-existent.

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