Bangladesh reels under worst dengue outbreak; cases cross 3 lakh



Daily Thanthi


DHAKA: Dengue cases in Bangladesh have crossed the 300,000 mark as the nation grapples with its worst outbreak of the disease, media reports said. Bangladesh’s overall tally of dengue infections stood at 301,255, with the country logging 1,549 deaths by the viral disease this year, the news portal reported, citing data from the Directorate General of Health Services. On Sunday alone, 1,291 new cases of the viral fever were reported, according to the report. A total of 4,949 patients, including 1,127 in Dhaka, are receiving treatment at hospitals across the country. After Dengue can be controlled in many ways, including vector management and reducing the Aedes breeding sources, said former chief entomologist at DHGS, Mohammad Khalilur Rahman. But the steps taken by authorities were not satisfactory, he was quoted as saying by The Daily Star newspaper.