Dengue hits Bangladesh, about 1700 People Affected
In Bangladesh, about 1700 people have been affected and 14 people died due to dengue, according to the recent reports, making it one of the deadliest years. The capital city Dhaka is the most affected region and is also home to 20 million people.
Bangladesh is considered one of the most densely populated countries in Asia. This country has become prone to various viral diseases especially dengue due to the less advanced infrastructure and the lack of basic facilities. The ministry has been trying to control the fever for the past many years by giving free dengue test, free treatment and giving reimbursement to private clinics and hospitals for treating the patients.
In Bangladesh dengue usually begins by June due to monsoon season. The dense population and unhygienic conditions make it difficult to control this viral disease. This is not just an isolated case; in Philippines, about 400 people lost their lives due to dengue which forced the government to declare a national emergency. Singapore and Cambodia too had a hike in the dengue cases this year. This indicates that tropical Asian countries have become a victim of this disease.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease caused by 4 different types of viruses and is spread by Aedes mosquito, from 128 countries about 3.9 billion people are in risk from dengue. Symptoms of dengue include high fever, bone and muscle pain which resulted in a moniker break-bone fever. In 24 hours about 1335 new dengue patients are admitted to the hospital.
“My son is still ill, His platelet count is below 30000”, said Alam. The problem becomes intense when people believe that a regular fever is dengue and authorities find it difficult to manage dengue patients. “Certainly, it’s an epidemic”, said Lutfuk Ehsan Fatmi, the head of the department of child health. “A large number of people becoming infected with the same disease at the same time fit the definition of an epidemic,” he added.
Till 1970 only 9 countries were affected by dengue but now it has spread to more than 100 countries