News By/Courtesy: Dhruv Kapadia. | 15 Aug 2019 13:09pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • At least 40 people have died in Bangladesh's worst-ever outbreak of dengue, as overburdened hospitals struggled to treat thousands of patients.
  • The health ministry official Ayesha Akhter said that more than 44,000 people have been admitted to hospitals with the illness since January.
  • The health ministry director general Abul Kalam Azad said that holidays for all public health workers have been cancelled to help respond to the crisis.

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

On tuesday i.e 13th August,2019 the officials said that at least 40 people have died in Bangladesh''s worst-ever outbreak of dengue, as overburdened hospitals struggled to treat thousands of patients.

Since January, more than 44,000 people have been admitted to hospitals with the illness,including some 2,100 on Monday alone, said health ministry official Ayesha Akhter. 

The week-long holiday marking the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha has seen hundreds of thousands of people leaving Bangladeshi cities to return to their family homes in the countryside, raising concerns that the disease will spread further.

The country''s health minister said the outbreak was "gradually reducing" while inaugurating an emergency dengue ward at a public hospital in Dhaka this week.

For the first time on record, holidays for all public health workers have been cancelled to help respond to the crisis, said health ministry director general Abul Kalam Azad.

Section Editor: Kaushal B. Shah | 15 Aug 2019 14:01pm IST


Tags : #Bangladesh#dengue outbreak#

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