Over 1,000 Individuals Have Died Of Dengue In Bangladesh This Yr

Over 1,000 People Have Died Of Dengue In Bangladesh This Year

Among the many useless are 112 youngsters aged 15 and underneath, together with infants.


Greater than 1,000 individuals in Bangladesh have died of dengue fever for the reason that begin of the 12 months, official figures confirmed, within the nation’s worst recorded outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness.

Dengue is a illness endemic to tropical areas that causes excessive fevers, complications, nausea, vomiting, muscle ache and, in probably the most severe instances, bleeding that may result in dying.

The World Well being Group has warned that dengue — and different illnesses brought on by mosquito-borne viruses equivalent to chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika — are spreading quicker and additional as a result of local weather change.

Figures from the nation’s Directorate Basic of Well being Companies revealed on Sunday night time mentioned 1,006 individuals had died, amongst greater than 200,000 confirmed instances.

The company’s former director Be-Nazir Ahmed informed AFP Monday that the variety of deaths to date this 12 months was greater than each earlier 12 months mixed since 2000.

“It is a large well being occasion, each in Bangladesh and on this planet,” he added.

Among the many useless are 112 youngsters aged 15 and underneath, together with infants, in response to the official information.

This 12 months’s figures dwarf the earlier highest whole from 2022, when 281 deaths have been recorded.

Scientists have attributed this 12 months’s outbreak to irregular rainfall and warmer temperatures in the course of the annual monsoon season which have created excellent breeding circumstances for mosquitoes.

Bangladesh has recorded instances of dengue from the Nineteen Sixties however documented its first outbreak of dengue haemorrhagic fever, a extreme and generally deadly symptom of the illness, in 2000.

The virus that causes the illness is now endemic to Bangladesh, which has seen a development of worsening outbreaks for the reason that flip of the century.

Most instances are recorded in the course of the July to September monsoon season, the months which convey the overwhelming majority of the nation’s annual rainfall, together with occasional floods and landslides.

However Bangladeshi hospitals have additionally begun to confess sufferers affected by the illness throughout winter months lately.

Dengue wards in Dhaka’s main hospitals are presently full of sufferers being handled beneath mosquito nets underneath the watchful and anxious eyes of members of the family.

‘Canary within the coal mine’

World Well being Group chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned in September that the outbreak was “placing big strain on the well being system” in Bangladesh.

The company’s alert and response director Abdi Mahamud mentioned the identical month that such outbreaks have been a “canary within the coal mine of the local weather disaster”.

He mentioned {that a} mixture of things together with local weather change and this 12 months’s El Nino warming climate sample had contributed to extreme dengue outbreaks in a number of areas together with Bangladesh and South America.

Nations in sub-Saharan Africa equivalent to Chad have additionally just lately reported outbreaks, he added.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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