As Dengue fever cases raising in Bangladesh; finding nearly more than 13,637 cases of the disease so far this year, with nearly 1,100 people most of them children diagnosed in the last 24 hours; according to official figures. Bangladesh is in the grip of the country’s worst-ever dengue fever outbreak. Eight people have died and there have been 13,637 cases of the disease so far this year.
As this number is the highest since we started keeping record on dengue patients nearly two decades ago; senior health ministry official Ayesha Akter told AFP. Local media reported that the number of victims could be much higher and the Amader Shomoy newspaper said at least 30 people had died of dengue this year. Dengue (pronounced DENgee) fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses.
Dengue fever cases
These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. The capital Dhaka is the worst-hit, with the city launching a fumigation drive to kill the Aedes mosquito, which is capable of spreading devastating diseases like dengue, Zika and chikungunya. Dengue, which causes flu-like symptoms, can be deadly if it develops into a hemorrhagic fever. Younger children and people who have never had the infection before tend to have milder cases than older children and adults.
There is no vaccine or any specific medicine to treat dengue, according to the World Health Organisation. An AFP correspondent visited major hospitals in Dhaka and saw patients lying on floors and in corridors as they waited for treatment. An estimated 400 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness.
Special corner for dengue
By this opening a special corner for dengue patients. Dengue fever is transmitting by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infecting with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infecting when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person. Sometimes, symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection.
The country’s largest hospital Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has treating some 1,858 dengue patients this month. Doctors have being working overtime to cope with the large volume of patients. facilities are overstretching and overwhelming. Study are struggling to cope a medical officer. There have been reports of blood banks struggling to meet the needs of seriously ill patients, with appeals for blood launched on social media sites such as Facebook.