By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The number of dengue fever cases in Bangladesh has crossed the 100,000 case threshold in 2019 on Friday, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).


From the beginning of the year through November 29, Bangladesh officials report 100,021 and at least 121 deaths.

While the epidemic has slowed dramatically from its peak in August of 52,000-plus cases, officials still saw around 4,000 cases in November.

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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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.