Tuesday, August 13, 2019

40 dead in Bangladesh's worst dengue outbreak

40 dead in Bangladesh's worst dengue outbreak


Dhaka: At least 40 people died in the worst outbreak of dengue in Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday, while overloaded hospitals struggled to treat thousands of patients.

Outbreaks of mosquito-borne viral infection, which causes flu-like symptoms but can be fatal if it develops in a hemorrhagic fever, usually occur in the nation of South Asia during the monsoon season between June and September, but this year the disease has reached epidemic proportions.

More than 44,000 people have been admitted to hospitals with the disease since January, including about 2,100 on Monday alone, said health ministry official Ayesha Akhter.

"We have confirmed 40 casualties related to dengue until Monday," he told AFP.

Local media increased the number, reporting that the death toll went from 100 last week.

The country's health minister said the outbreak was "gradually reducing" by opening an emergency room against dengue this week at a public hospital in Dhaka.

For the first time in the registry, the vacations of all public health workers were canceled to help respond to the crisis, said the director general of the ministry of health, Abul Kalam Azad.

"It is becoming very difficult to cope with the amount of work pressure," a medical officer told AFP.
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