India to launch a national dengue survey to better combat th
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India is set to conduct a National level survey, to know dengue prevalence in the country.

Dengue is one of the most fatal mosquito-borne viral infections in the world, infecting lakhs of people and killing hundreds each year in India alone.

The exercise was planned after government’s apex body rejected to introduce the only vaccine against dengue in use globally, for use in India last year as there was no evidence to prove its efficacy in the Indian context.

“The vaccine works better if there is high anti-body rate within the community, and there was not enough India-specific data available for reference that raised safety concerns,” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director- Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

“India is a vast country and we do not know much about the dengue pattern; which strain is common in which part of the country etc. There is a need to gather more information and the survey will help us do that.”....

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