Global Strategy for dengue prevention and control, 2012–2020
Editors: WHO/Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Number of pages: vi, 43 p.
Publication date: August 2012
WHO reference number: WHO/HTM/NTD/VEM/2012.5
During the past ﬁve decades, the incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold. Some 50–100 million new infections are estimated to occur annually in more than 100 endemic countries, with a documented further spread to previously unaffected areas; every year hundreds of thousands of severe cases arise, including 20 000 deaths; 264 disability-adjusted life years per million population per year are lost , at an estimated cost for ambulatory and hospitalized cases of US$ 514–1394, often affecting very poor populations. The true numbers are probably far worse, since severe underreporting and misclassiﬁcation of dengue cases have been documented.