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Latest news on dengue fever, a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes. It is found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, especially in urban and semi-urban areas. Symptoms of dengue fever include high fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, and rash. In severe cases, it can lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal. There is no specific treatment for dengue fever and no vaccine to prevent it.
Alphabet's life sciences unit, Verily, claimed in 2023 that it could make Singapore the first dengue-free country in the tropics if the government decides to use its technology to tackle the mosquito-borne disease. The company has been conducting field trials in Singapore, in partnership with the National Environment Agency, using Wolbachia-Aedes mosquitoes to suppress the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit dengue fever. The NEA has reported up to 98% suppression of the Aedes aegypti population and an 88% reduction in dengue cases after at least one year of releases under Project Wolbachia.