Advances in using Internet searches to track dengue

by Shihao Yang, Samuel C. Kou , Fred Lu, John S. Brownstein, Nicholas Brooke, Mauricio Santillana

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that threatens over half of the world’s population. Despite being endemic to more than 100 countries, government-led efforts and tools for timely identification and tracking of new infections are still lacking in many affected areas. Multiple methodologies that leverage the use of Internet-based data sources have been proposed as a way to complement dengue surveillance efforts. Among these, dengue-related Google search trends have been shown to correlate with dengue activity. We extend a methodological framework, initially proposed and validated for flu surveillance, to produce near real-time estimates of dengue cases in five countries/states: Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan. Our result shows that our modeling framework can be used to improve the tracking of dengue activity in multiple locations around the world.

4th August 2017 • 0 comments

The number of publications about dengue fever has grown strongly since 1960 reflecting strong growth in the number of global cases.  

7th June 2017 • 0 comments

Dengue vaccine: WHO position paper

by World Health Organisation

World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on the use of dengue vaccine 

25th May 2017 • 0 comments

Dengue vaccination would be cost-effective in Brazil even with a relatively low vaccine efficacy in seronegative individuals

28th April 2017 • 0 comments
2nd November 2016 • 0 comments

São João del Rei has recorded another death from dengue fever - the second in 2016 so far.

22nd August 2016 • 0 comments

Epidemiological bulletin showed the increase in the number of reported cases of dengue in Uberlândia. There were 1,862 new cases in three months. 

8th August 2016 • 0 comments

Review of articles on communication strategies for vector-borne diseases

22nd July 2016 • 0 comments

Strengthening integrated dengue surveillance, monitoring and response systems

14th June 2016 • 0 comments

Evaluation of NS1 antigen assay as an alternative to RT-PCR for the early diagnosis of dengue

11th June 2016 • 0 comments

Evaluation of rapid diagnostic test for dengue virus

8th June 2016 • 0 comments

Analysis of potential dengue vaccine impact in Yucatán Mexico.

31st May 2016 • 0 comments

Dengue and Yellow Fever viruses in Aedes mosquito populations in Zaria, Nigeria

by Ifraimu, D, Thaddeus T. Gbem, Sodangi A. L. and I. S. Ndams

A study of dengue and yellow fever viruses in mosquitoes in Zaria, Nigeria

20th May 2016 • 0 comments

Disease: Poverty and pathogens

by Michael Eisenstein

The growth of slums in the developing world's rapidly expanding cities is creating new opportunities for infectious disease to flourish and spread.

11th May 2016 • 0 comments

Vaccine efficacy alone is inadequate to capture the public health importance of vaccines.

5th May 2016 • 0 comments

Laboratory systems and diagnostic technologies are a critical pillar in the fight against malaria. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends diagnostic testing for all people with suspected malaria before treatment is administered.

25th April 2016 • comment

An estimate of the global economic burden of dengue by country and super-region 

18th April 2016 • 0 comments

This paper looks at the true cost of dengue fever

14th April 2016 • 0 comments

Development of real-time tracking tools to monitor dengue

by NICHOLAS BROOKE & MAURICIO SANTILLANA

Real-time dengue surveillance is critical for identifying areas where transmission is ongoing or likely to occur so that interventions can be optimized. Sophisticated new tools can help - and so can you.

7th April 2016 • 0 comments

Secondary analysis of clinical trial data reveals dengue burden

6th April 2016 • 0 comments