Children Higher Risks Due to Dengue
Recent data from SEDES (Latin American Society of Epidemiological Surveillance) reveals that children significantly suffer higher risks of being affected by Dengue fever.
What is Dengue?
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral infection that causes flu-like symptoms. It is found in tropical regions in the world, and its intense spread is increasing substantially, making it one of the most dangerous vector-borne diseases of its time.
How is it Affecting Children?
Recent data from SEDES state that many more children are being affected with Dengue than in the past. This is due to several factors, including:
- Climate Change – scientists believe climate change is having an influence on climate-sensitive vector-borne diseases, such as Dengue, making conditions more favorable to the transmission of the virus.
- Lack of Access to Healthcare – many impoverished, rural areas of countries with high Dengue prevalence do not have adequate access to healthcare, leading to more cases of Dengue among children.
- Poor Prevention Measures – many countries do not have adequate resources for prevention and control measures, such as providing insect repellents and designated sprays to kill flying mosquitoes.
It is essential for governments and public health organizations to take action to prevent and control Dengue and other vector-borne diseases to ensure the health of their citizens, and particularly the children. Improving access to healthcare, investing in prevention measures, and reducing environmental risks must be major priorities for any country with a high risk of vector-borne diseases.
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