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WHO warns of the next epidemic of arbovirus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that insect-borne diseases pose an increasing risk and could lead to the next pandemic.

it said that arboviruses such as Zika, yellow fever, chikungunya, and dengue fever are a group of pathogens that are spread by insects, such as mosquitoes.

It has shown that these viruses can become a pandemic, especially since nearly four billion people live in the tropics and subtropics where these viruses spread.

“We’ve learned the hard way what it costs to be inadequately prepared for high-impact events after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Sylvie Briand, Director of the WHO’s Global Infectious Hazards Preparedness Team.

“We had a warning with SARS in 2003, and we had the experience of the influenza pandemic in 2009…but there are still gaps in our preparedness,” she said.

“The next pandemic will likely be caused by the new arbovirus, We also have some indications that the risk is increasing,” she warned

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