Dealing with dengue: Pacific looks to new tools

Training in mosquito trapping, specimen preparation and species identification is offered through the Pacific Mosquito Surveillance for Impact project (Pacmossi). Photo: Pacmossi/SPC

Climate change and increased urbanisation are driving an increase in dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases and the Pacific is responding with a suite of new interventions and tactics.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says dengue is endemic in about 125 countries this year, and dengue cases and associated deaths increased by 30% in 2023 compared to 2022.

The first few months of 2024 have seen French Polynesia and Samoa report an increase in dengue cases, with Samoa on the brink of declaring a

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