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1 Million Dengue Virus Cases Confirmed in 2021

September 6, 2021 • 1:37 pm CDT
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported on August 27, 2021, there have been over 1 million dengue virus disease cases confirmed in 2021.

Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same types of mosquitoes that spread Zika and chikungunya viruses.

Dengue is common in more than 100 countries around the world, says the ECDC.

The majority of dengue cases during 2021 have been reported in Brazil (752,284), Vietnam (43,028), and the Philippines (32 555).

In Europe, one locally acquired dengue case had been reported in France as of July 29th.

In the USA, Puerto Rico has confirmed 346 dengue cases as of August 12, 2021.

The U.S. CDC's vaccine committee met on June 24, 2021, to review the Acceptability and Implementation of adding dengue vaccines to standard vaccine schedules for children aged 9-16 years of age with laboratory confirmation of previous dengue infection and living in endemic areas (i.e., Puerto Rico, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands).

The's CDC recommendation is found at this link.

There is one U.S. FDA Approved dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, with several vaccine candidates conducting late-stage studies.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is an agency of the European Union.