By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Bangladesh health officials reported an additional 213 new dengue patients admitted to hospitals Wednesday–188 in Dhaka and 25 outside of Dhaka–bringing the total cases to 5,192 since the beginning of the year.
Of this total, 4,953, or 95 percent have been in the capital city of Dhaka.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported 22 suspected dengue deaths, which are waiting for confirmation.
According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. A vast majority of cases are asymptomatic and hence the actual numbers of dengue cases are underreported and many cases are misclassified. One estimate indicates 390 million dengue infections per year (95% credible interval 284–528 million), of which 96 million (67–136 million) manifest clinically (with any severity of disease). Another study, of the prevalence of dengue, estimates that 3.9 billion people, in 128 countries, are at risk of infection with dengue viruses.
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