Accepted paper:

Dengue dilemmas: negotiating health and environment in urbanising India

Author:

Cressida Jervis Read (University of Oxford)

Paper short abstract:

Dengue fever has regularly hit the headlines in India over the last few years with increasingly large, severe annual outbreaks. This paper explores the emergence of dengue fever in Delhi and residents' negotiation of mosquitoes, health, home and the urban environment.

Paper long abstract:

Despite being listed as one of the World Health Organisation's seventeen 'neglected tropical diseases', dengue fever has regularly hit the headlines in India over the last few years with increasingly large, severe annual outbreaks, particularly during the monsoon and post-monsoon season. Several of India's major cities and large urban centres have become endemic for all four of the dengue virus serotypes of the mosquito-transmitted disease, while the daytime biting, home dwelling mosquito vector presents dilemmas for public health vector control. This paper explores the emergence of dengue fever in Delhi and residents' negotiation of mosquitoes, health, home and the urban environment.

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