National Dengue Day

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Welcome to the wonderful world of National Dengue Day! Today, we're diving deep into the history of this day and shedding some light on the not-so-fun side of dengue. So grab your bug spray and let's learn together!

When is Dengue Day?

It's national dengue day on the 16th May.

The Origins of National Dengue Day

Have you ever wondered how National Dengue Day came to be? Well, let me take you on a journey through the internet archives to uncover the truth! It all started on May 16, 2019, when the online world buzzed with 1226 mentions of this important day. The dedication was overflowing, and the passion for raising awareness about dengue was contagious. Since then, every year on May 16, we come together to commemorate National Dengue Day.

Awareness, Remembrance, and Loving Ones

When it comes to National Dengue Day, there are a few key themes that we focus on. First and foremost, raising awareness about dengue and its prevention is of utmost importance. Dengue is no joke, and by educating ourselves and others, we can take steps to prevent it from spreading.

Next, we remember those who have been affected by dengue. It's a day to offer our support to anyone who has suffered from this mosquito-borne illness and to honor those who have lost their lives because of it. Love and compassion for our fellow human beings go a long way on National Dengue Day.

Lastly, National Dengue Day is a reminder to take care of our loved ones. Whether it's keeping our surroundings clean, using mosquito repellent, or advocating for better healthcare, we can all contribute to the fight against dengue.

Fun Fact: Mosquitoes Can't Resist Feet!

Did you know that mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of feet? It's true! So next time you're out and about on National Dengue Day, make sure to wear some funky socks or put on your wackiest shoes. Who knows, maybe your fashionable feet will distract those pesky mosquitoes!

History behind the term 'Dengue'


First recorded outbreak

Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral disease, was first recorded in 1828 during an outbreak in Jakarta, Indonesia. The term 'dengue' originated from the Swahili phrase 'ka-dinga pepo,' meaning 'cramp-like seizure caused by an evil spirit.' The term eventually evolved into 'dengue.'


Spread to the Americas

Dengue made its way to the Americas in 1906 when an epidemic occurred in Key West, Florida. The disease quickly spread throughout the region and became a significant public health concern, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas.


Discovery of dengue serotypes

In 1943, researchers discovered that there are multiple serotypes or strains of the dengue virus. These serotypes, known as DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4, have distinct genetic differences. This discovery paved the way for further understanding of the disease and helped in the development of vaccines.


Global resurgence

During the 1970s, dengue experienced a global resurgence as urbanization, population growth, and increased international travel facilitated the spread of the disease. Dengue cases began to surge in regions like Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas.


Severe dengue recognized

In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized severe dengue as a distinct entity. Severe dengue, also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, is a more severe form of the disease that can be life-threatening. This recognition led to enhanced efforts in prevention, control, and research to combat the disease.

Did you know?

Did you know that mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of feet?


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First identified

16th May 2016

Most mentioned on

16th May 2019

Total mentions


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