Highest number of single-day hospitalization this year so far; Dhaka worst-hit with 181 cases
Health authorities in Bangladesh reported 194 new dengue cases in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning, highest this year so far amid a spike in the Aedes mosquito-borne disease in the country.
Of the new cases, 181 were reported in Dhaka, while only 13 were reported to be hospitalized in other districts, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Bangladesh has been seeing over 100 dengue patients for the last six days, causing concern for the country’s healthcare service, which is already overwhelmed with the growing Covid cases and fatalities.
According to the DGHS, 642 patients are currently receiving treatment at different hospitals across the country, of whom just 23 of them were listed outside Dhaka.
Some 2,292 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January this year, and 1,646 of them have been released after recovery.
The DGHS reported 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths in 2020.
Official figures state 101,354 dengue cases and 179 deaths were recorded in Bangladesh 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, but it did become endemic.
Fatalities almost fell to zero at one stage, before surging again in 2018, leading to the horrific crisis the following year.