The CDR was established in September 2012 by a cabinet directive in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura.

Dengue viral infections are the most important mosquito borne virus infection in the world causing significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is estimated that 390 million dengue infections occur annually, resulting in approximately 96 million clinically apparent infections predominantly in the resource poor developing countries.

As a result of the high disease burden due to dengue infections, it has been declared a priority infection by the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank. However, until recently dengue infections were not considered as a disease of prime importance and therefore, research on dengue was not given any priority. As a result we still do not have any specific drug treatment for dengue or a vaccine for its prevention.

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