Bangladesh strug­gles to con­tain dengue out­break

Fiji Sun - - Asia/pacific News - Dhaka:

Bangladesh is in the grip of the coun­try’s worst-ever dengue fever out­break, of­fi­cials said on Mon­day, with hos­pi­tals over­flow­ing and so­cial me­dia flooded with pleas for blood donors.

Eight peo­ple have died and there have been 13,637 cases of the dis­ease so far this year, with nearly 1100 peo­ple - most of them chil­dren - di­ag­nosed in the last 24 hours, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures. “This num­ber is the high­est since we started keep­ing record on dengue pa­tients nearly two decades ago,” se­nior Health Min­istry of­fi­cial Aye­sha Ak­ter told AFP.

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