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In an update on the ongoing dengue serotype-3 outbreak in the Republic of Marshall Islands, which began in May 2019 in Ebeye and then transmitted through to Majuro.

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The RMI Ministry of Health and Human Services reports there have been 3,368 dengue-like cases of which 1,562 were laboratory confirmed through May 6, 2020.

Two deaths were reported since June 2019. 31 new dengue-like cases were seen in the last 7 days of which of 28 cases were from Majuro with majority of them being under 18 years of age.

The overall attack rate reported was 63.4/1000.

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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.