Eight people have died since January and more than 13,600 patients have been diagnosed with mosquito fever so far this year, with 8 348 cases or more than half being in July – a sharp increase from 1820 in June and 184 the case in May this year, according to official figures.
"Since we started registering dengue cases, which is from 2000, this is the worst dengue outbreak we have seen in Bangladesh," said Ayesha Akhter, Assistant Director, Directorate-General for Health Services , he told CNN.
"We guarantee that all government and private hospitals have all the resources to deal with this outbreak. We have opened a special section at Dhaka Medical College Hospital for Dengue Patients, "Akter said.
A viral infection, dengue, causes flu-like symptoms, including headaches, muscle and joint pain, fever and rashes throughout the body. Out of millions of people infected with dengue worldwide each year, about 500,000 develop severe symptoms requiring hospitalization, and of these, about 1
The sting of climate change
The outbreak in Bangladesh comes as Asian countries struggle with the alarming spread of diseases transmitted by measles, transmitted diseases e.g. dengue and malaria, with the latter raising concerns about a "potential global health situation."
While dengue is the most common tropical and subtropical climates such as Bangladesh, India and Brazil are raising concerns that it may spread to parts of the world that are usually unaffected by fast-growing disease, including the southern United States, inland Australia, and coastal areas of China and Japan. A recent study found that rising global temperatures caused by the climate crisis could see the female aedes aegypti dengue-carrying mosquito – along with other diseases such as chikungunya, yellow fever and zika – migrate those parts of the world.