Dengue epidemic looms large over Bangladesh

Dengue epidemic looms large over Bangladesh

Agency News

Dhaka, Aug 3 : The administration in Bangladesh are sweating to control a dengue outbreak, as holidaymakers are preparing to travel home from the epicentre of the spread, with Eid-Ul Azha less than two weeks away.

Traders, especially those of cattle for sacrifice during Eid, are also travelling to and from the capital ahead of the festival.

With the mosquito-borne viral disease already spread all over Bangladesh, especially by travellers from Dhaka, the major challenge now is how to stop the spread of dengue further outside the capital.

Rashid-e-Mahbub, a former pro-vice chancellor of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, has said mosquitoes must be controlled along with treatment of dengue patients to contain the disease.

He told UNI that he had advised training of doctors at district and Upazila levels and stopping mosquitoes from going outside Dhaka by bus, train, launch and other modes of transport.

Most of the dengue patients outside Dhaka actually travelled from the capital after infection through mosquito bite, but district-level doctors on Friday said they were finding more patients who had not been to Dhaka in recent times. (UNI)