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Epidemiologic update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region, 2010

Author(s): Yuzo Arima | Tamano Matsui

Journal: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response
ISSN 2094-7321

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: dengue | surveillance | control | challenges | Aedes | western pacific region | aegypti | albopictus

Dengue is an emerging vectorborne infectious disease that is a major public health concern in the Asia Pacific region. Official dengue surveillance data for 2010 provided by the ministries of health were summarized as part of routine activities of the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific. Based on reported data, dengue has continued to show an increasing trend in the Western Pacific Region. In 2010, countries and areas reported a total of 353 907 dengue cases, of which 1073 died, for a case fatality ratio of 0.30%. More than 1000 cases were reported each from Australia (North Queensland), Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Viet Nam. All of these countries, except for Australia where the dengue virus is not endemic, reported an increase in the number of reported cases in 2010 compared to 2009. The elevated number of cases reported in 2010 in some countries, such as the Philippines, is likely due to several factors, such as enhanced reporting and continued epidemic activity. However, increases in reported number of cases in other areas, such as Singapore and Malaysia, appear to indicate sustained epidemic activity in those countries. The continued epidemic dengue activity in the Region highlights the need for timely and routine regional sharing of information.
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