Sunday, 3 July, 2022

16 more dengue patients hospitalised in 24 hours: DGHS

Bangladesh confirmed 16 more dengue cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

All the new patients were detected in Dhaka, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Seventy-three dengue patients, including 69 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at different hospitals across the country.

This year, the DGHS has recorded 479 dengue cases and 406 recoveries so far. The authority has not yet reported any death from the mosquito-borne viral disease.

Dengue – a leading cause of serious illness and death in some Asian and Latin American countries – was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000 and claimed 93 lives. In three years, the fatality number almost fell to zero.

However, 105 dengue patients, including 95 in Dhaka division, died in 2021.

Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.

About 4 billion people, almost half of the world's population, live in areas with a risk of dengue, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Each year, up to 400 million people get infected with dengue while approximately 100 million get sick from infection, and 40,000 die from severe dengue, it says.

Because there are four different dengue viruses, a person can be infected by the virus up to four times in their life. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, aches and pains and a rash.

"There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue. Early detection of disease progression associated with severe dengue, and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates of severe dengue to below 1 percent," according to the World Health Organization.