By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The dengue fever epidemic is slowing as seen in the decrease in cases reported in October. According to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka, 8143 dengue cases were reported in October.

This is down from 16,856 cases reported in September and down significantly from the outbreak’s peak in August when 52,636 cases were seen.

There has been 550 cases reported in the first three days of this month, bringing the total for 2019 to 96,646 cases and 107 deaths.

Just over 10,000 cases were reported in Bangladesh last year, the previous year high since dengue was first reported in 2000.

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WHO notes the incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. A vast majority of cases are asymptomatic and hence the actual numbers of dengue cases are underreported and many cases are misclassified.

One estimate indicates 390 million dengue infections per year (95% credible interval 284–528 million), of which 96 million (67–136 million) manifest clinically (with any severity of disease). Another study, of the prevalence of dengue, estimates that 3.9 billion people, in 128 countries, are at risk of infection with dengue viruses.