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Published On: Sat, May 11th, 2013

Angola reports first ever dengue epidemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting an epidemic of dengue fever in the south African nation of Angola, according to a Terra Daily report.

WHO country representative Hernando Agudelo Ospina said the outbreak hit the capital Luanda and surrounding areas.

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“Since March, Angolan authorities have recorded 128 cases of dengue fever in Luanda province, the first time an epidemic of this disease has hit the country,” he said.

“The government has taken the necessary measures to stem the epidemic.”

According to a WHO report released in January, between 1955 and 1959, the number of countries reporting cases of dengue increased from three to eight; in 2012, the geographical distribution of dengue included more than 125 countries.

Dengue registered a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the past 50 years.

The emergence and spread of the four dengue viral serotypes across WHO’s African, the Americas, South-East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean regions represents a pandemic threat.

What is dengue fever?

While the WHO has said they currently estimate there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year, last month, researchers from the University of Oxford estimated there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

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