According to official statistics, over 1,000 individuals in Bangladesh have succumbed to dengue fever since the onset of the year, marking it as the most severe outbreak in the nation’s history.
Dengue, predominant in tropical regions, induces symptoms like high fevers, muscle pain, and severe bleeding that can be fatal. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, are escalating in reach and intensity due to climatic changes.
Data released by Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Health Services revealed 1,006 fatalities out of over 200,000 confirmed cases. Be-Nazir Ahmed, the agency’s past director, highlighted that the death count surpasses the cumulative totals since 2000. Notably, children, even infants, make up 112 of the deceased.
Rising Trend Since 2000
Compared to the 281 fatalities in 2022, this year’s outbreak is significantly more devastating. The cause for this surge is attributed to inconsistent rainfall and elevated temperatures during monsoons, leading to optimal conditions for mosquito breeding.
Bangladesh has noted dengue cases since the 1960s but reported its first severe symptom, dengue haemorrhagic fever, in 2000. The frequency and intensity of outbreaks have grown notably post-2000. Although most cases occur in the monsoon season, recent patterns indicate a year-round prevalence.
Dhaka’s primary medical facilities are bustling with dengue patients, causing concern for healthcare professionals and families.