Heatwave Caused Diarrhoea Reaching Epidemic Levels In Dhaka

by VR Sreeraman on  April 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
Cases of diarrhoea in Dhaka are reaching epidemic levels, according to a health expert, as the Bangladeshi capital is facing record temperatures, a severe water shortage and power cuts.
 Heatwave Caused Diarrhoea Reaching Epidemic Levels In Dhaka
Heatwave Caused Diarrhoea Reaching Epidemic Levels In Dhaka

Azharul Islam Khan, a doctor at Bangladesh's biggest diarrhoea hospital, said the clinic was seeing around 800 new patients a day.

"We're treating the highest number of patients in the pre-monsoon season during our 45 years in existence," Khan, of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, said.

"The situation is very grim and reaching epidemic levels in Dhaka and its outskirts. An acute crisis of water and unusually prolonged heat wave are to blame for such a severe outbreak."

Sixteen people have died of diarrhoea-related illnesses and the hospital has treated more than 40,000 patients since the beginning of March, a hospital spokesperson said.

Temperatures in Dhaka reached 42.2 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday, the highest in 14 years, according to weather officials, with no rain forecast for the next week.

Source: AFP

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