The Bangladesh Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported an additional 513 dengue fever cases and three fatalities today, bringing the country’s total to 56,130 cases and 257 deaths year to date.
This year’s case tally is the second highest since 2000 when the government started keeping records on dengue. It is the most dengue related fatalities in a single year.
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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