As of 24 January 2023, a total of 62,885 dengue cases and 287 deaths were reported across Bangladesh since a surge of cases started in June 2022. This is the second-largest dengue outbreak in the country in 22 years.
Dengue is endemic in Bangladesh and mostly occurs during and just after the monsoon season, but the current outbreak is unusual in its scale and seasonality.
Many climate experts have linked the dengue outbreak with extreme climate events and changing weather patterns among other factors. Bangladesh’s tropical climatic conditions are allowing for the increased transmission of dengue and other vector-borne diseases like malaria and chikungunya. Excessive rainfall, waterlogging, flooding, rise in temperature and the unusual shifts in seasons are some of the factors for the rise in dengue cases in Bangladesh, according to the World Health Organisation.
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