Dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. An estimated 50 million dengue infections occur annually and approximately 2.5 billion people live in dengue endemic countries. Some 1.8 billion (more than 70%) of the population at risk of dengue worldwide live in the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region. Case fatality rates of more than 1% have been reported in countries within the Southeast Asia region. Dengue has become a major public health issue in this region. In response, 15th June has been designated as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dengue Day to raise awareness and commitment at all levels to reduce dengue incidence and burden.
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