groups » Dengue Clinical and Epidemiology Discussion Area » Dengue and ethnicity: who is most at risk?

Dengue is now endemic in more than 100 countries across Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia, and the Western Pacific. Countries in the Americas, South-East Asia, and Western Pacific are most seriously affected, as the Dengue Health Map shows. Cases across these regions grew from 1.2 million in 2008 to more than 3.2 million in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

Could there be a link between dengue and ethnicity? Do people of African – or even European – descent have better natural protection against the virus?

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