Dengue: Another death, 103 new patients hospitalized

Bangladesh reported one more dengue-related death and the hospitalization of 103 new patients in the 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

With the fresh death, the number of fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease this year increased to 98, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among them, 90 people died in Dhaka division alone, two each in Chittagong, Mymensingh and Khulna divisions, and one each in Rajshahi and Barisal divisions.

Of the new patients, 84 were admitted to hospitals in Dhaka while the remaining 19 cases were reported from outside the division.

Since January, as many as 26,000 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue in the country.

In September, the country recorded the highest number of 7,841 dengue cases of the current year with 23 deaths.

In October, the number of Dengue cases came down to 5,604 with 22 deaths recorded.

The outbreak of dengue fever has sparked new worries as the country’s health services are already overburdened because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 most severe outbreak the following year.

According to official statistics, 101,354 dengue cases and 179 deaths were recorded in Bangladesh in 2019.

However, the DGHS recorded 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths in 2020.

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