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Malaria costs India $1.94 billion, dengue $1 billion every year

Staff writer ▼ | February 19, 2016
In India, the socio-economic burden due to malaria alone is pegged at around $1.94 billion with 95% of the population living in malaria-endemic areas.
Cost of health   WHO recommended integrated approaches
Besides, the rising dengue cases account for over $1 billion of annual economic costs including direct and indirect costs in terms of loss of production and medical costs.

Emphasizing on the need to step up personal and population-wise measures for mosquito control as the best immediate line of defense, WHO said.

"As noted, well-implemented mosquito control can effectively reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne viruses, including Zika."

WHO recommended integrated approaches to tackle all life stages of mosquitoes and fully engage communities.

Estimates of the UN agency show incidence of dengue alone has risen 30-fold worldwide over the last few decades resulting in a huge socio-economic burden.