Officials with the Pakistan Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination says the number of dengue fever cases in the country was nearly 10,000 in 2015, according to local media reports.
Specifically, 9,899 cases were registered, including seven fatalities during the course of the year. This total was up 5-fold from 2014 numbers; however, only half of the cases seen in 2013.
In the past 50 years, the incidence of dengue worldwide has increased 30-fold, largely as a consequence of the growth of cities and increased travel.
According to a 2013 WHO report between 1955 and 1959, the number of countries reporting cases of dengue increased from three to eight; in 2012, the geographical distribution of dengue included more than 125 countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However,there was 2013 research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.
In fact dengue fever has been given the dubious honor of being ranked as the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease, with an epidemic potential in the world.
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