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Dengue outbreak: Government confirms 57 deaths

  • Published at 05:28 pm August 31st, 2019
File photo: Dengue patients, covered in mosquito nets, receiving treatment at a hospital in Bangladesh Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

As many as 70,195 people have been affected by dengue so far in 2019 since January 1

The government has said a total of 57 people have died so far due to dengue outbreak across the country.

In its regular bulletin, Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room at Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said that the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) confirmed 57 deaths due to dengue from January 1 till Saturday (August 31) this year. 

However, the unofficial death toll is reported to be over 126. 

The institute reviewed 96 deaths among 185 information of deaths sent to it so far, the bulletin said. Among them, 57 were confirmed to be dead because of dengue. 

The DGHS data showed two people died of dengue in April, five in June, 28 in July and 22 in August

Of the deaths, 54 were recorded at hospitals in Dhaka city, one from Dhaka division (outside the capital), and two from Khulna division, the DGHS said.

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Dengue, a mosquito-borne virus, spreads among humans through its carrier Aedes mosquito.

In a downward trend, a total of 760 dengue patients have been admitted to different government and private hospitals across Bangladesh in the last 24 hours, according to the press release issued by the DGHS.

Of the newly hospitalized people, the number of dengue patients in Dhaka city was 349. Two of them were suffering from dengue hemorrhagic or severe dengue.

The number of dengue cases in all eight divisions (other than Dhaka city), was reported to be 411.

The total number of admitted patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals across the country is 4,860, according to the DGHS data.  

A total of 2,696 patients are currently receiving treatment in the capital, whereas a total of 2,164 people are undergoing treatment outside the capital, the data showed. 

As many as 70,195 people have been affected by dengue so far in 2019 since January 1.

Among those admitted, a total of 65,150 have been released from their respective hospitals and clinics after treatment.