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BSMMU research finds youth most vulnerable to dengue

BSMMU research finds youth most vulnerable to dengue

A research by the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) found that youth between 16 to 30 years are mostly being affected by the current year’s dengue outbreak, Professor Dr Saifullah Munshi, chairman of virology department of the BSMMU, told a press conference on Tuesday (Jul 30), local media reported.

Dengue was detected among 1278 (21 %) out of 6,119 persons between the Jan 1 and Jul 25, this year, Dr Munshi said at the press conference.

At the beginning of the conference, BSMMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua spoke in details about the activity of the Dengue Cell run by the University. Of the affected dengue patients, the estimated ratio between female and male is 1:2.7, he said.

At present, four serotypes of dengue have been identified and most men are usually being its worst victim, he said.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Sahana Akhter Rahman, Deputy VC (Admin) Professor Dr Muhammad Rafiqul Alam, Treasurer Professor Dr Mohammad Atiqur Rahman, Registrar Professor Dr ABM Abdul Hannan, Proctor Professor Dr Syed Mozaffar Ahmed, Director (Hospital) Brigadier General AK Mahbubul Haq, among others, attended the conference.