With the addition of 1,412 new cases of dengue fever in south China’s Guangdong Province, health authorities with the provincial health and family planning commission say the number of cases reported to date in 2014 is up 27 fold compared to the same period last year.
This brings the total dengue cases to 27,593 with provincial health officials reporting more than 1,000 cases per day since the beginning of the month.
There has been six fatalities linked to the current outbreak and Guangdong’s capital, Guangzhou, has been struck particularly hard by the outbreak accounting for 23,484 cases reported.
Guangdong is not alone in seeing an uptick in dengue fever. Other provinces like Fujian Province, Yunnan Province, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are coping with 100s of dengue fever cases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page