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25 Dec 2019 | 05:04 AM UTC

Bangladesh: Over 101,000 dengue cases reported as of December 19

Authorities record at least 101,000 cases of dengue fever and 141 fatalities nationwide as of December 19; take precautionary measures

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Event

According to the Dhaka Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR), over 101,000 dengue cases, including 141 related death have been reported nationwide as of Thursday, December 19.

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.).