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Back To Vidyya Dengue In Bangladesh

Government Denies Epidemic

The Bangladeshi government Thursday denied that dengue fever has assumed epidemic proportions and urged the people not to be panicked as the disease can be prevented and managed.

"The death of 11 people, out of 239 attacked by dengue fever, is not a sign of epidemic. Had the disease taken an epidemic form, the wards and corridors of hospitals would have been packed with patients," Health and Family Welfare Minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim told a press conference at his office.

Quoting the latest figures obtained from different public hospitals of the city, Selim said a total of 11 dengue patients had so far died and 101 were released after treatment out of the total 239 admitted.

Stressing the need for creating public awareness to combat the disease, the health minister said the disease can be prevented through increased awareness and by cleaning the breeding places of Aedes mosquitoes and killing their adults.

Selim said the government has taken various measures to create public awareness, and to prevent and manage dengue fever. A nine- member high-powered surveillance team led by the Director General of Health has been formed for round-the-clock monitoring of dengue fever and patients as well in the country, he said.


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