Mosquito-borne dengue fever spurs fear in Bangladesh

Mosquito-borne dengue fever spurs fear in Bangladesh

Mosquito-borne dengue fever spurs fear in Bangladesh

The central bank has suggested the banks send their representatives to hospitals to identify the genuine poor and helpless patients suffering from dengue fever.

The situation of dengue has deteriorated in Bangladesh as the mosquito-borne viral disease spread out in most parts of the country in less than a month.

The government has confirmed 15,369 dengue cases since January 1. And 1,335 new patients were diagnosed between July 29 and 30 in the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) alone.

Health ministry official Ayesha Akhter says that while a dengue outbreak has come with every monsoon season since 2000, this year's outbreak is the worst. But dengue patients in the capital report that all the major hospitals - including the DMCH and Shishu Hospital - can not admit any more people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that of the millions infected with dengue worldwide each year, 12,500 die, while a further 500,000 require hospitalization.

However, local media Prothom Alo reported on Tuesday that the death toll was registered at 47, saying the disease has spread to 59 out of 64 districts.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malik earlier said in a press conference that the government has taken actions.

She underscored the importance of detecting and destroying properly breeding grounds of the mosquito to rein in the fast outbreak of the disease.

There are growing concerns that an increase in global average temperatures due to climate change could allow the female aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the dengue virus to migrate out of southeast Asia and into countries like the USA, inland Australia and coastal regions of Japan and China.

Impoverished states are especially vulnerable to viruses because of insufficient biosecurity, deficient disease surveillance and protection measures.

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