Dengue control



©WHO/Aedes aegypti female engorging human blood

Dengue is fast emerging pandemic-prone viral disease in many parts of the world. Dengue flourishes in urban poor areas, suburbs and the countryside but also affects more affluent neighbourhoods in tropical and subtropical countries.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years. Up to 50-100 million infections are now estimated to occur annually in over 100 endemic countries, putting almost half of the world’s population at risk.

Severe dengue (previously known as dengue haemorrhagic fever) was first recognized in the 1950s during dengue epidemics in the Philippines and Thailand. Today it affects Asian and Latin American countries and has become a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children and adults in these regions.


The full life cycle of dengue fever virus involves the role of mosquito as a transmitter (or vector) and humans as the main victim and source of infection.

Dengue guidelines, for diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control. This manual provides health professionals and programmes managers with the latest recommendations. Ref: ISBN 978 92 4 1547871

Dengue in the news!

23 May 2016 | Geneva
Lunch Talk
Dengue: reframing the dialogue

07 March 2013 | Geneva
In the wake of WHO’s publication Global Strategy for dengue prevention and control, 2012–2020, experts recently met in Geneva to discuss its implementation.

09 November 2012 | Geneva
Just published: Handbook for clinical management of dengue

28 August 2012 | Geneva
Global Strategy for Dengue Prevention and Control: 2012−2020 | WHO report

Photos on Dengue for download
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WHA Resolution

The WHA Resolution on "Dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever prevention and control"