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The World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said in a media briefing Wednesday:

Bangladesh is experiencing its most severe outbreak of dengue on record. Since the beginning of the year, more than 140,000 cases and 691 deaths have been recorded.

The director-general went on to say:

The outbreak is putting huge pressure on the health system. 

Hospitals, especially in Dhaka, are struggling to accommodate the large number of patients suffering high fever, joint pain, and vomiting, health officials said.

Cases are starting to decline in the capital Dhaka, but are increasing in other parts of the country. 

WHO is supporting the authorities to strengthen surveillance, laboratory capacity, clinical management, vector control, risk communication and community engagement. 

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