Is dengue in the Marshall Islands for the long haul?

After a 3-month drop in dengue reporting, cases are starting to climb again in Majuro, with a few also in the Outer Atolls. More than 3,500 suspected and confirmed cases were recorded across the islands from May 2019 to late August and Majuro hospital hasn’t had a dengue patient-free week during this period. There is now some concern that the virus may become endemic. More dengue news from across the Western Pacific in the latest WHO update (Sept 10): most countries, with the notable exception of Singapore, have reported substantially fewer cases than for the same timeframe in 2019. Recent news from Futuna, where a dengue epidemic has been declared after 17 cases were recorded over the past eight weeks. And in the SE Asian region, Thailand has experienced a severe dengue season after ideal weather conditions boosted vector numbers – 126 dengue-related deaths and more than 136,000 cases, with hardest hit areas centred on Bangkok and its environs and Chiang Mai province.   Read more.

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