Dengue is now ‘endemic’ in Bangladesh

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Bangladesh saw the first dengue fever cases in 2000 and that time through 2017, the country reported from a few hundred cases a year to up to 6,000 a year.

In 2018, the country reported more than 10,000 cases and 26 deaths. And then came 2019…

Bangladesh has recorded some 101,000 dengue cases this year, including 133 deaths (officially).

In a new report from BDNews24, they say that dengue may become a new normal, occurring more or less throughout the year.

“The prevalence of dengue has increased steadily over the past few years. As the mosquitoes with dengue virus have spread throughout the country, the virus has also spread,” said Kabirul Bashar, a zoology professor at Jahangirnagar University.

Dengue is now “endemic” in Bangladesh, according to Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research or IEDCR.“It may become a burden unless effective measures are taken to control mosquitoes outside Dhaka.”

“It happened not only in Bangladesh but also in the neighbouring countries. Dengue may occur almost round the year from now,” Bashar said.


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