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Brazil sets out strategy for control dengue in 2003

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

The Brazilian health ministry has set out ambitious goals for its R$1bn (US$331m) dengue control programme (PNCD) in 2003. At a meeting in Brasilia last week, the newly-created PNCD committee announced a target of halving this year's incidence of the disease, and of reducing to 1% the death rate associated with the haemorrhagic form of the condition. Early diagnosis is the key to controlling the disease in its milder form, following infection from one serotype, prior to its progression to the haemorrhagic form, through exposure to a different serotype (see Clinica No 1001, p 14).

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