DHAKA: Bangladesh is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue fever, with hospitals filled with sufferers because the illness spreads quickly within the densely-populated nation.
At the least 14 individuals have died and greater than 17,000 have come down with the virus to date this 12 months, in keeping with official figures, making it the deadliest 12 months for the reason that first recorded epidemic in 2000. Greater than 1,400 individuals have been identified with dengue prior to now 24 hours alone, the Well being Ministry stated on Thursday.
Native media reported that a minimum of 50 individuals had died of dengue.
Hospitals in worst-hit Dhaka, the capital, dwelling to greater than 20 million individuals, are struggling to search out house as many with signs equivalent to excessive fever, vomiting and joint pains search therapy, well being officers stated.
The federal government has launched initiatives to manage the unfold of mosquito-borne ailments, from consciousness campaigns to efforts to kill mosquito larvae, Well being Minister Zahid Maleque stated. “We’d like concerted effort to sort out the disaster,” he stated. Globally, the variety of dengue instances dropped in 2017-2018, however there was a pointy enhance in 2019, particularly in Australia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.
The dengue virus is unfold by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which has grown quickly together with urbanisation and globalisation as a result of it thrives in tropical mega-cities and is well unfold in items containing small puddles of water.
Printed in Daybreak, August 2nd, 2019