By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The dengue fever situation in Bangladesh worsens each day as the numbers only get higher. In a 24 hour period Wednesday, some 2,400 additional cases were reported.
Year to date, the country has reported 35,000 dengue cases, with the vast majority since July. The officials death toll stands at 29, with unofficial numbers reaching more than double that.
In 2018, 10,148 cases and 26 deaths were reported in Bangladesh and in no year has the total exceeded 11,000 since the first cases were reported in 2000.
The majority of dengue cases were reported in Dhaka, with some cases in Chittagong, Khulna division and Rajshahi divisions.
Mirjadi Mehjabin, director of the government’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said earlier that dengue virus is unlikely to abate soon as the Aedes mosquito, which is the carrier of the virus, continues to breed till September.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. Approximately, half of the world’s population is at risk and it affects infants, young children and adults. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years. Up to 50-100 million infections are now estimated to occur annually in over 100 endemic countries, putting almost half of the world’s population at risk.