Eight people have died since January, and more than 13,600 patients have been diagnosed with mosquito fever this year. 8,348 cases or more than half of them occurred in July – a significant increase over the previous month. According to official data, there were 1,820 cases in June and 184 cases in May.
"Since we recorded dengue cases since 2000, this is the worst dengue outbreak we experienced in Bangladesh," said Ayesha Akhter, deputy director of the Directorate General of Health Services, CNN said.
More than 50 districts across the country are affected, but the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, which employs more than 20 million people, is the worst affected city in the country, "said Achter," some hospitals are struggling to accommodate To find patients. "
"We ensure that all public and private hospitals have the resources needed to combat this outbreak, and we have set up a special area for dengue patients at Dhaka Medical College Hospital," Akhter said.
A viral infection, dengue fever, causes flu-like symptoms such as pervasive headaches, muscle and joint pains, fever, and whole body rashes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)
an estimated 500,000 of the world's annual Dengue-infected people develop serious symptoms requiring hospitalization, and of these, 1
2,500 die. The Government's Disease Control Department has requested technical assistance According to a report released this week, the WHO has introduced methods to control the mosquito population to stem the spread of the nationwide disease.
In addition, the Ministry of Health has developed guidelines for national treatment and aims to raise awareness of the disease through daily advertising in newspapers and other measures to combat the spread of the disease.
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The Bangladeshi outbreak is due to the fact that countries across Asia are experiencing an alarming spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, the latter raising fears of a "potential global health emergency".
In Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, multiresistant malaria tribes have developed and are spreading. Two studies were published earlier this month, the lancet was found. Researchers say these strains have disabled a widely used drug, dihydroartemisinin piperaquine (DHA-PPQ), resulting in a high rate of treatment errors.
Meanwhile, the Philippines declared a national dengue warning this month after rising in cases this year. In the first six months of 2019, around 100,000 dengue cases were reported nationwide, an increase of 85% over the same period last year.
While Dengue Fever is most prevalent in tropical and subtropical climates As in Bangladesh, India and Brazil, fears are mounting that the disease may spread to parts of the world that are not normally affected by the fast-growing disease.
A recent study found that global warming caused by the climate crisis may lead to migration of the female aedes aegypti mosquito, which in addition to other diseases such as Chikungunya, Yellow Fever and Zika also transmits dengue fever Parts of the world.
"There is no specific treatment for dengue fever, but early detection and access to adequate medical care reduces the mortality rate to below 1%," WHO said.