In India, May 16 is observed as National Dengue Day
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has prepared the notification of dengue cases mandatory across states with a principal goal to perform surveillance of disease, mass outbreak prevention, and implement preventive measures in hotspots. Finally, a single day dedicated to raising awareness about dengue initiated through a national observance, the Ministry also hopes to give concern to disease surveillance programs and public education on the causes, symptoms, and protocols to be followed in case of disease detection.
Dengue is a viral disease caused by the dengue virus (DENV, 1–4 serotypes DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4). This viral disease is transmitted by the bite of Aedes aegypti female mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses. The mosquito bites during daylight hours. An infected person develops symptoms 3-14 days after the infective bite. Prevention and control of Dengue depend on effective vector control measures. Mild cases of dengue rarely show signs in children or teens.