Health experts from Asian - Pacific countries have gathered in Hanoi to share experience and discuss measures to prevent and combat dengue.

Opening the Asia-Pacific Dengue Fever Prevention Committee’s meeting on April 19, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said dengue epidemic is not only the burden of a single country but also all nations throughout the world.

To effectively take measures to prevent and combat dengue at national and regional levels, there must be a close coordination among member countries and a support from the international community, Tien said.

During the two-day meeting, participants are scheduled to share experience and feasible measures to combat the diseases, evaluate the burden of the epidemic and discuss plans to research and develop anti-dengue vaccines.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that about 50-100 million people are infected with dengue each year, of whom around 500,000 patients, mainly children, face critical conditions.

In Vietnam, an average of 25,000 - 76,000 people contract dengue and hundreds of patients die of the disease each year./.