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Leading a new Earth observation project to help predict Dengue Fever outbreaks
08 February 2018
The prevalence of dengue fever poses a global health issue, with half the world's population now estimated to be at risk from this mosquito-borne viral infection (WHO Dengue Factsheet, April 2017). Found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas, the infection causes a flu-like illness which can develop into a potentially lethal complication known as severe dengue.
HR Wallingford is leading a new project utilising Earth Observation technology, and funded by the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme, to develop an early warning system which will help to predict dengue fever outbreaks in Vietnam.
Source: HR Wallingford
Image credit: iStock - Hanoi in Vietnam faces regular dengue fever outbreaks.