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Dengue in Dhaka on the rise

  • Published at 01:02 am August 10th, 2016
Dengue in Dhaka on the rise
According to the DGHS control room, at least 533 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka city in July alone, while a further 115 have been admitted in the first nine days of August. However, the actual number of dengue patients may be much higher as many cases remain unreported. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) says dengue fever has caused the deaths of at least five people this year so far, while a total 1,203 patients have been reported since January. Although the fatality rate has dropped significantly since the dengue outbreak of 2000 – when at least 93 deaths were reported, the Aedes mosquito which is responsible for the fever becomes active each year around monsoon. “Dengue fever is usually increased from June to September for which patients suffer from fever, acute bodily pain and headache” Dr Saif Ullah Munshi, an associate professor of virology at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. “But it cannot be said if the number of dengue patients this year would surpass the previous year. It depends on the rainfall. The number of patients went high as we had much rainfall in July. If the rain continues then the number [of patients] will also increase, otherwise it will decrease” Dr Munshi added. In 2015, six dengue-related deaths were reported, while a total 2,816 patients were reported, according to the DGHS. Officials at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said the authorities concerned should be more active in creating awareness and carry out mosquitoes killing programmes in every possible breeding grounds. People should also be more aware about their living places and keep their homes clean to stay safe from dengue fever, they added.