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Bangladesh struggles to contain record dengue outbreak

Article source:Station editor Update time:2019-08-22 19:56:32   Browsing times:second

Bangladesh is in the grip of the country's worst-ever dengue fever outbreak, officials said Monday (July 29), 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 1,100 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 said.