In an update on the recording setting dengue fever season in Bangladesh in 2023, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reports a record 121,500 dengue cases through August 30, a 20,000 case increase over the previous record in 2019 when more than 101,000 cases were reported.
Of this total, more than 57,000 cases were reported from the capital city of Dhaka, while more than 64,000 cases were recorded from outside of Dhaka.
In addition, the death toll this year through August 30 is now 576, with 73 percent reported from Dhaka. It also far eclipses the previous record of fatalities from 2022 (281).
Bangladesh authorities also reported 69,688 cases in the month of August to date, which is more than the total cases recorded in all of 2022 (62,423).
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.