Dhaka, Bangladesh
A number of other people are also suspected to be infected

First dengue case reported in Kushtia

A number of other people are also suspected to be infected

KUSHTIA, Jul 11: The first confirmed case of dengue fever was reported from the district on Wednesday. Doctors at Kushtia General Hospital said blood tests confirmed that Ismail Hossain, 21, son of late Idris Ali of Baliapara village of Sadar upazila, was infected with dengue. He had been suffering from fever for the last nine days but was hospitalised on Sunday with high fever, reports UNB. Kushtia General Hospital's medicine specialist ASM Musa Kabir said Ismail's mother, who has been suffering from fever for the last few days, is suspected to be infected but they are yet to get her test results. Health Minister Zahid Maleque and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Tuesday said that the infection rate of dengue is higher this year. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection. It is estimated that about half of the world's population is now at risk, according to WHO. Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Typically, symptoms begin three to fourteen days after infection from mosquito bites. This may include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and skin rash. "We conducted a survey from 2013 to 2016, but we did not find serotype 3 in the country. The appearance of a new strain of virus is causing more and more secondary infections which could be a reason for the sharp rise in dengue patients being admitted to hospitals and clinics," said Prof Saifullah Munsi of virology department at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. An estimated 3.9 billion people in 128 countries are at the risk of dengue infection, according to the World Health Organisation.

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