Bangladesh grapples with country's worst dengue outbreak

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The central bank has suggested the banks send their representatives to hospitals to identify the genuine poor and helpless patients suffering from dengue fever.

These latest figures have taken the number of dengue-affected people in the country since January to over 17,000, a record high.

A total of 1,335 new dengue cases were reported in the 24 hours till 8:00 a.m. local time Tuesday, the highest number in a single day.

The data reported by the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health gave an alert as Dhaka has seen a rapid surge of the disease.

"This number is the highest since we started keeping record on dengue patients almost two decades ago", senior Health Ministry official Ayesha Akter said.

A man receives treatment for dengue, with his son standing beside him at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that of the millions infected with dengue worldwide each year, 12,500 die, while a further 500,000 require hospitalization.

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Meanwhile, leading Bangla daily Prothom Alo reported on Tuesday that the death toll was registered at 47, saying the disease has spread to 59 out of 64 districts.

A lab technician tests the presence of dengue virus in blood sample at a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In 2018, a total of 7,450 dengue cases were reported in the South Asian country.

She underscored the importance of detecting and destroying properly breeding grounds of the mosquito to rein in the fast outbreak of the disease.

The mosquito-borne viral infection causes flu-like symptoms including high fever, muscle and joint pain, piercing headaches, and full-body rashes. It has also placed advertisements in newspapers to warn people of the dangers of dengue and to encourage them to clean their homes regularly, so mosquitoes can not settle.

The monsoon period from June to September is usually the peak season of dengue fever in Bangladesh and transmission becomes rampant in the country.

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