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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bangladesh : Dengue cases rise in Dhaka

Via Gulf Times :

" Dengue, an infectious tropical viral fever, is alarmingly increasing in the capital city Dhaka, with the highest peak of 647 cases reported up to August 23 this year since 2007, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

Updating the dengue cases from 2007-2011, the IEDCR said 183 dengue cases was recorded in August 2007 while 473 cases were registered in July 2008, 188 cases in September 2009 and 183 cases in August 2010.

IEDCR director Prof Mahmudur Rahman informed yesterday that as the capital city has recently experienced frequent intermediary rains that caused increase of dengue cases in the city during August.

The steady rainfall can help wash out the sources of dengue but the intermediary rains increase the Aedes mosquito.

Prof Rahman said after August 2008, dengue cases in capital Dhaka were found increasing. Mass awareness is essential in this situation to keep areas around houses clean.

Meanwhile, a Bangladesh-born immunologist has claimed that he has developed the most effective tool for early diagnosis of dengue infection that results in high fever from mosquito bites in tropical countries."

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