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Experts triple estimate of world dengue fever infections

LONDON (Reuters) - Around 390 million people are infected each year with dengue fever - the world's fastest-spreading tropical disease - more than triple the current estimate by the World Health Organization, experts said on Sunday.Full story

Excellent Idea of the Day: Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

With over 40 percent of the world's population at risk from dengue fever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), scientists are embracing a novel way of preventing the infection that sickens 50 million-100 million people every year. Full story

Gene-modified skeeters could stop dengue fever

Scientists have made a promising advance for controlling dengue fever, a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites. They've rapidly replaced mosquitoes in the wild with skeeters that don't spread the dengue virus. Full story

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