The present study reporting that 40 dead cases seeing in Bangladesh; which is an worst ever dengue outbreak; Bangladesh is in the grip of the country’s worst ever dengue fever outbreak; with hospitals overflowing and social media flooded with pleas for blood donors. But cases of the disease so far this year, with nearly 1,100 people most of them children diagnosing in the last 24 hours, according to official figures.
Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne viral infection, which causes flu-like symptoms but can be deadly if it develops into a haemorrhagic fever, usually occur in the South Asian nation during the monsoon season between June and September but this year the disease has reached epidemic proportions. More than 44,000 people have been admitted to hospitals with the illness since January, including some 2,100 on Monday alone, said health ministry official Ayesha Akhter.
Dengue outbreak in Bangladesh
But the study confirming that by showing 40 dengue related casualties so far to Monday; Local media put the number much higher, reporting that the death toll passing 100 last week. The week-long holiday marking the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha has seen hundreds of thousands of people leaving Bangladeshi cities to return to their family homes in the countryside, raising concerns that the disease will spread further.
The country’s health minister said the outbreak was gradually reducing while inaugurating an emergency dengue ward at a public hospital in Dhaka this week. Dengue fever is a painful; debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely relating dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. An estimated 400 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year; with about 96 million resulting in illness.
Public health workers
For the first time on record, holidays for all public health workers have been cancelling to help respond to the crisis; said health ministry director general Abul Kalam Azad. This number is the highest since we starting keeping record on dengue patients nearly two decades ago. Local media reporting that the number of victims could be much higher; Dengue, which causing flu like symptoms, can be deadly if it developing into a hemorrhagic fever.
But however, there is no vaccine or any specific medicine to treat dengue, according to the World Health Organisation. It is getting very tough to cope up with the amount of work pressure; There have been reporting of blood banks struggling to meet the needs of seriously ill patients; with appeals for blood launching on social media sites.