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Monday, August 15, 2011

Bangladesh : 473 dengue cases detected in Dhaka

Via Gulf Times :

" Dengue, an infectious tropical viral fever, is increasing alarmingly in Dhaka city with the highest number of 473 cases reported till August 11 this year, according to an expert.

The government authorities have, however, emphasised on creating mass awareness about the dengue fever and motivating the city dwellers to take part in the drive to eliminate the breeding grounds of Aedes mosquito around their homes.

“The information of dengue cases received from the control room of the office of the director general (DG) indicates that the present trend is going up,” Prof Mahmudur Rahman, director, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) told newsmen yesterday.

He said as the city has recently experienced frequent rains, it is one of the causes of increasing dengue cases during July-August. The steady rainfall can help wash out the sources of dengue but the intermediary rains increase the breeding by Aedes mosquitoes, he said."

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