By Neelika Malavige, Head of Dengue Global Programme and Scientific Affairs, DNDi
Did you know that dengue is the most rapidly increasing mosquito borne infection worldwide? In the last few months, countries on almost every continent have faced large outbreaks. Peru is now experiencing its worst dengue crisis on record, while Bolivia, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan went through devastating outbreaks in recent months. In 2022, hospitalizations were several times higher than hospitalizations for COVID-19 in many endemic countries. Worse still, the incidence of dengue further increased in early 2023.