Through June 3, Bangladesh health authorities reported 2,279 total dengue cases, including 1,036 cases in May alone.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) also reports 13 deaths year to date.
The number continue to increase with authorities reported 141 cases on Saturday, including 128 in the city of Dhaka, the highest number of cases reported in a single day this year.
Last year, Bangladesh reported 281 people died of dengue and 62,382 were hospitalized with dengue.
Dengue infection is acquired through the bite of certain species of mosquitoes, primarily Aedes aegypti, but also Aedes albopictus.
Dengue fever can be a painful, debilitating disease but is rarely fatal. Symptoms appear 3-14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito and include sudden onset of fever, severe headache, eye pain, muscle and joint pain (giving the disease the nickname “breakbone fever”), and bleeding. Gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea may also be present in some cases. Dengue fever symptoms usually lasts 4-7 days. The disease is often diagnosed incorrectly because the symptoms are similar to influenza and other viruses.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a rare but more severe form of dengue infection that can be fatal if not recognized and treated with supportive care. The primary risk factor for hemorrhagic fever is previous infection with a different dengue serotype (i.e. getting DENV-2 if you have already DENV-1 puts you at increased risk of hemorrhagic fever).
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