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Brandeis study shows Economic Impact of Dengue is $2.1 Billion

In Dengue Fever on February 7, 2011 at 6:08 am
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Dengue illness, the most common mosquito-borne viral disease in the world, has expanded from its Southeast Asian origins and is resurgent in countries such as Argentina, Chile and the continental United States.

The economic burden of dengue (pronounced DENgee) in the Western Hemisphere, according to a new study from Brandeis University researchers published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, is approximately $2.1 billion per year. This surpasses the loss from other viral illnesses on a country-by-country basis including human papillomavirus (HPV) the most prevalent sexually transmitted infection, and rotavirus, the primary cause of fatal diarrhea among children worldwide. More:

Alum died from dengue

In September 2004, Mironda Heston, MA ‘04, lost her battle against dengue fever. She was 24 years old.

She contracted the disease while doing international development work in Haiti.

Linda Heston, Mironda’s mother, says she’s thrilled that Brandeis University is continuing to focus on work that will encourage the creation of a vaccine or other solutions to control or eliminate dengue in the U.S. and around the world, so other families do not have to go through what their family has.

Linda Heston is currently spending 10 days in Haiti with a 14- person medical team, and will be working on in-home water filters through Hands Helping Haiti, an organization that she founded in 2003.

The Mironda Heston Health Center in Haiti and the Mironda Heston Memorial Fund at Brandeis’s Heller School are named in her memory.



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