August 13 – At least 40 people have died in Bangladesh’s worst-ever outbreak of dengue, officials said on Tuesday (Aug 13), as overburdened hospitals struggled to treat thousands of patients.

Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne viral infection, which causes flu-like symptoms but can be deadly if it develops into a haemorrhage fever, usually occur in the South Asian nation during the monsoon season between June and September – but this year the disease has reached epidemic proportions.

More than 44,000 people have been admitted to hospitals with the illness since January, including some 2,100 on Monday alone, said health ministry official Ayesha Akhter.

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