By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The government of the Marshall Islands in a update shows the dengue fever outbreak that began in June has now reached 1,165 cases. Of this total 393 were laboratory confirmed.

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The most cases have been reported in Majuro (839), followed by Ebeye (272), Utrik (36) and Aur (18).

One patient died in Majuro.

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WHO notes the incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. A vast majority of cases are asymptomatic and hence the actual numbers of dengue cases are underreported and many cases are misclassified.

One estimate indicates 390 million dengue infections per year (95% credible interval 284–528 million), of which 96 million (67–136 million) manifest clinically (with any severity of disease). Another study, of the prevalence of dengue, estimates that 3.9 billion people, in 128 countries, are at risk of infection with dengue viruses.