1,000 people diagnosed in a single day: Worst-ever dengue fever outbreak hits Bangladesh

1,000 people diagnosed in a single day: Worst-ever dengue fever outbreak hits Bangladesh

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1,000 people, children mostly, have been identified as having dengue fever during the past a day in a historic outbreak in Bangladesh.

since January

Official figures declare that eight folks have died because of infection, though local media puts the death toll as high as 35, while around 13,far this season 000 patients have already been diagnosed with the condition so. There were 8,in July alone 343 cases.

The figure is really a massive increase from 1,in June and 184 in-may 820. The administrative centre, Dhaka, home to over 20 million people, has been probably the most affected district in the national country. Hospitals are social and overflowing media is filled up with pleas for blood donors.

“This number may be the highest since we started keeping record on dengue patients nearly 2 decades ago,” senior Health Ministry official Ayesha Akter said.

The mosquito-borne viral infection causes flu-like symptoms including high fever, muscle and pain, piercing headaches, and full-body rashes. If left untreated, it could turn into a deadly hemorrhagic fever, and there is absolutely no vaccine or specific medicine for treating the condition at the moment.


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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that of the millions infected with dengue worldwide every year, 12,500 die, while an additional 500,000 require hospitalization. The Bangladeshi Disease Control Division has officially requested help from the WHO to cull and control the country’s mosquito population in order to stem the rising tide of infection.

The Philippines can be grappling with a significant dengue fever outbreak following a recent spike in cases of 85 percent year-on-year.

There are growing concerns an upsurge in global average temperatures because of climate change could permit the female aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the dengue virus to migrate out of southeast Asia and into countries just like the US, inland Australia and coastal parts of China and Japan.

Author: George Taylor

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