Tuesday, September 21

170 more hospitalized with dengue in 24 hrs

100 cases in a week pose a concern to authorities

The country’s health authorities reported 170 new dengue cases in 24 hours till Friday morning amid a spike in the Aedes mosquito-borne disease in the country.

Bangladesh has seen over 100 dengue cases in the last week, adding concern to already overburdened health services that are also dealing with Covid-19 cases and deaths.

Of the new cases, 164 were reported in Dhaka while only six were from outside Dhaka, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

They also mentioned that 709 patients are currently receiving treatment at different hospitals across the country, of which only 30 are outside of Dhaka.

Some 2,462 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January and 1,749 of them have been released after they recovered.

According to official statistics, there were 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths in 2020, and 101,354 cases and 179 deaths in 2019.

Dengue fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000, claiming 93 lives that year. In the years that followed, the country learned to deal with the disease much better.

The fatalities had almost fallen to zero at one stage, before surging again in 2018, leading to the horrific crisis the following year.

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