May 25, 2013 | 09:32 AM (BD Time)
25 May, 2013 Saturday
Dengue-like fever returns: official
A mosquito-borne viral disease similar to dengue fever, which was last reported in 2009 after its first appearance in 2008, has made a 'strong comeback in Bangladesh with 46 people down with the crippling joint pain fever, a top official of the health directorate has said.
"It seems like a public health threat," Prof Be-Nazir Ahmed, director of the disease control, told reporters on Wednesday.
But the people "need not to be worried, rather be aware of mosquito bite", he said.
The reappearance of Chikungunya has triggered concern among officials and doctors as the disease so far treated as mainly a rural scourge has been detected in the capital and its suburbs.
Experts attributed environmental factors for the spread of the vector from its origin Rajshahi district to Dhaka.
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