October 2014

Key Facts
  • Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection.
  • The infection causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.
  • The global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades.
  • About half of the world's population is now at risk.
  • Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.
  • In 2016, there were an estimated 500,000 dengue cases and over 1,700 dengue deaths reported in the Western Pacific Region.
  • There is no specific treatment for dengue/ severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates to below 1%.
  • Dengue prevention and control largely depends on proactive and effective vector control measures implemented to reduce Aedes mosquito densities in a sustainable manner.
WPRO response

In October 2016, during the 67th Regional Committee meeting endorsed the Western Pacific Regional Action Plan for Dengue Prevention and Control (2016.) and adopted a resolution on dengue (WPR/RC67.R4). The Resolution states that WHO will

  • Provide technical support to Member States in implementing action plan for dengue prevention and control;
  • Promote prevention and control of dengue and other arboviral diseases as a regional common agenda for which collective actions beyond the health sector are needed;