By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

While the numbers of dengue fever cases in Bangladesh have decreased dramatically since its peak in August this year (53,000), the country has still reported in excess of 1,000 cases in December, according to the latest data from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka.

Aedes aegypti mosquito feeding on a human host/CDC

Through Dec. 19, Bangladesh has recorded 101,145 dengue cases, including 141 deaths.

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Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. It causes severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causes a potentially lethal complication. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years globally.