The Bangladesh Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has reported 1,843 dengue fever cases through May 29, a 5.75 times increase compared to the same period in 2022 (320).
In addition, 13 dengue related deaths have been reported during the first five months of this year.
Health experts warn that the country may witness an even worse outbreak of Aedes mosquito-borne dengue this year as the presence of this virus-carrying insect has increased in the early days of summer.
DGHS has issued a warning that those who previously had dengue and recovered will not be affected by the same type of dengue. However, there is a risk of death if affected by a different type of dengue.
In 2019, Bangladesh reported more than 100,000 dengue cases, the most since 2000 when the government started keeping records on dengue. In 2022, 62,321 people were infected with dengue, and 281 people died.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.
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