In a follow-up on the record dengue fever season in Bangladesh, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, & Research (IEDCR) reported an additional 600+ cases in the past ten days.
This brings the total to 8,079, as of Oct. 24. The previous highest was 6,232 in 2002.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.
People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person.
There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).
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