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In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Bangladesh this year, health officials have reported some 2,000 hospitalizations over the past week.

After reporting 399 additional dengue hospitalizations Saturday, the total for the country since the beginning of the year has reached 7,238, up from 5,231 one week ago.

In addition, this puts the total for the month of June to more than 5,000.

Three additional dengue fatalities bring the country total to 45.

The vast majority of hospitalizations, some 80 percent, have been reported in Dhaka City.

Public health officials and experts have warned that the dengue situation might get out of control this year when the monsoon sets in with heavy rains unless the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes is controlled.

In 2021 and 2022, the official dengue cases were 28,429 and 62,382 respectively.

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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