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07 Dec 2019 | 12:19 AM UTC

Bangladesh: Over 100,000 dengue cases reported as of November 29 /update 2

Authorities record at least 100,107 cases of dengue fever and 129 fatalities nationwide as of November 29; take precautionary measures

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Event

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the number of dengue cases in 2019 surpassed the 100,000 threshold as of Friday, November 29. Health officials have confirmed at least 100,107 cases in 2019 as of Friday, and 129 dengue-related deaths.

Further spread of the disease is possible in the coming weeks.

Context

Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rashes. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, the enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.

Advice

Individuals in Bangladesh are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping in a screened-in or air-conditioned room) and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds on their properties (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).