Rising on the world stage, dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes — and apparently air travel too.

In July 2017, the World Health Organization’s official report tallied 80,732 cases of dengue fever in Sri Lanka, with 215 deaths so far in 2017. The announcement notes that is “4.3 fold higher than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016.”

On the ground, the Red Cross and other relief agencies are counting over 100,000 cases this year, almost double the total number of cases reported last year. The true numbers of dengue fever that occur anywhere are dicey… more

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