Bangladesh Experiencing its Worst Dengue Outbreak in History with 650 Deaths, Says WHO
By a Staff Writer
GENEVA (AFP) – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that Bangladesh is currently facing its most severe dengue outbreak to date, with over 135,000 reported cases and a staggering 650 deaths since the epidemic began in April. This alarming situation has led experts to speculate that climate change is one of the primary catalysts for the epidemic.
WHO Secretary-General Expresses Concern
During a recent online press conference, WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his deep concern over the alarming rise in dengue fever-related deaths in Bangladesh. He shared that the country reported over 300 deaths due to dengue fever in the past month alone.
While the number of cases in the capital city of Dhaka has started to decline, Ghebreyesus underscored the worrisome increase in dengue cases across other regions in the country.
Efforts to Combat the Outbreak
The World Health Organization has swiftly responded to the crisis in Bangladesh by dispatching experts to aid the authorities in strengthening surveillance, enhancing laboratory capabilities, and improving communication with affected communities.
Dengue Fever: A Tropical Threat
Dengue fever, an infectious disease prevalent in tropical regions, manifests with symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and muscle pain. In severe cases, it can lead to bleeding and even prove fatal.
The World Health Organization has issued a stark warning, emphasizing that dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases such as Chikungunya Fever, Yellow Fever, and Zika virus infection are escalating due to the rapid and wide-spreading effects of climate change.
The Growing Climate Crisis
Additionally, during the press conference, Director of the Center for Warnings and Responses of the World Health Organization, Abdi Mahamud, described this epidemic as a “dangerous harbinger” of the looming climate crisis. He highlighted that the combination of climate change and this year’s El Nino phenomenon has resulted in severe dengue fever outbreaks not only in Bangladesh but also in South America and other regions.
As the death toll continues to rise, urgent measures are required to combat this unprecedented dengue outbreak in Bangladesh. International organizations and governments must work together to address the underlying issues of climate change and enhance global preparedness to counter future outbreaks.
GENEVA (AFP) – Bangladesh is facing its worst ever dengue outbreak, with more than 135,000 cases and 650 deaths since the outbreak began in April, the World Health Organization announced today. Experts believe that climate change is one of the main causes of the epidemic.
According to reports, World Health Organization (WHO) Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in an online press conference that Bangladesh reported more than 300 dengue fever deaths last month alone.
He also pointed out that although the number of cases in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has started to decrease, the number of cases in other parts of the country has gradually increased.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease that is common in tropical regions. It can cause symptoms such as high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and muscle pain. In severe cases, it can lead to bleeding and even death.
The World Health Organization has warned that dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases such as Chikungunya Fever, Yellow Fever and Zika virus infection are on the rise due to climate change which is spreading rapidly and widely. .
In addition, Abdi Mahamud, director of the Center for Warnings and Responses of the World Health Organization, also said in a press conference that such an epidemic could be called a “dangerous harbinger” of the climate crisis.
He pointed out that under the combination of multiple factors such as climate change and this year’s El Nino phenomenon, severe cases of dengue fever have occurred in Bangladesh, South America and other regions.
WHO: Bangladesh faces worst dengue outbreak in history, 650 dead
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