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The Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative Introduces www.DengueWatch.org - a News hub for Tracking Dengue Fever Epidemics Worldwide
Date:3/8/2010

reliable sources are displayed on a world map according to the location of dengue outbreaks. Dengue fever is endemic in over 100 countries and puts at risk half of the world's population.

"Denguewatch.org is an important public health tool providing instant access to news regarding dengue fever epidemics and their impact on global health," said Dr. John Clemens, IVI Director General, and PDVI Acting Director. "We believe that news reports about dengue hot spots and other important developments can help public health officials track the spread and understand the growing importance of this disease."

Denguewatch.org reports worldwide news alerts provided by Healthmap.org, a freely available Web site. HealthMap is a system based at Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, MIT Media Lab and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology which integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization). Dengue news is aggregated and displayed by location for user-friendly access to the original alert.

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