By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Health officials in Bangladesh are seeing a rise in dengue fever cases this month with most of the cases from Dhaka, according to BD News 24 report.
The number of dengue cases through June 20 stands at 442, higher for this time of the year than any in the past five years, according to The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) data.
Increases in Aedes mosquito larvae reported earlier this year is being demonstrated today with the rise in dengue.
Physicians at the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital in Dhaka say a separate ward to treat children affected by the dengue had to be opened.
“We are getting more dengue patients with hemorrhagic and shock syndrome this year. About 50 percent of the children being treated here now are suffering from dengue,” Doctor LE Fatmi with the hospital said.
Dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. It is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults with symptoms appearing 3-14 days after the infective bite.
Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-to-person and symptoms range from mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash.
Severe dengue (also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever) is characterized by fever, abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, bleeding and breathing difficulty and is a potentially lethal complication, affecting mainly children.
In the past 50 years, the incidence of dengue worldwide has increased 30-fold, largely as a consequence of the growth of cities and increased travel.