Spike in dengue cases due to global warming, warns WHO2023/09/08 Hannox
Global warming marked by higher average temperatures, precipitation and longer periods of drought, could prompt a record number of dengue infections worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned.
“About half of the world's population is at risk of dengue, and dengue affects approximately 129 countries,” said Dr Raman Velayudhan, WHO’s Head of the Global Programme on control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.
The UN health agency stresses that prevention is key. Because the mosquito bites during the day, it is important that people protect themselves at home, in schools and at work by spraying repellent around buildings.Other protective measures include mosquito coils and sleeping under nets.
Personal protection is paramount. Use mosquito repellent products such as mosquito spray, mosquito patches, mosquito roll-ons, to stay away from mosquitos at all times.