Need to study Dengue fever in the light of climate change

 The dengue fever infections have been spreading nationwide, especially among people who visited Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. In fact, it has been reported that Dengue fever has rapidly spread all over the world. This April, The Red Cross/Red Crescent called on governments and institutions concerned for cooperation by publishing a Guideline of the direction to prevent future infection.

 Patients with Dengue fever have been reported in more than 100 countries, especially developing countries, with 500,000 patients in critical condition with Dengue fever out of 390,000,000 brought to medical institutions every year. The incidence of Dengue fever has increased 30-fold over 50 years. However, as the cost of treatment is more than the average salary in impoverished countries, it is a severe burden on their livelihood. Despite this situation, it is difficult to obtain financial support for treatment or the study of Dengue fever due to the lack of media attention.

 The Red Cross/Red Crescent is engaged in combatting Dengue fever, needs to expand its measures for treatment and prevention. The Guideline proposes to disseminate basic knowledge about hygiene of the environment and public health while educating local health volunteers to identify the disease. Furthermore, it calls for governments and institutions concerned to cooperate in the study of the relationship between climate change and Dengue.