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Dengue cases hit all-time high

59,592 people infected so far in 2019

Staff Correspondent

23 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The number of dengue patients has reached an all-time high as around 59,592 patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country from January 1 to August 22 this year, according to official figures.

The Health Emergency Operation Center & Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has confirmed 47 deaths in dengue this year till August 22.

However, media reports suggest the death toll at 110.

In the 24 hours till 8:00 am Thursday , a total of 1597 dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country. Of them, 761 people were admitted to hospitals in Dhaka, and 836 outside Dhaka.

The number of new dengue patients has increased in the capital but decreased in other parts of the country.

On Wednesday, 711 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the capital while the number was 915 outside the capital.

The country saw the first dengue outbreak in 2000. From 2000 to 2018, a total of 50,148 people were admitted to hospitals with dengue.

The number of new dengue patients admitted to hospitals was 1,626 on Wednesday, 1,572 on Tuesday, 1,615 on Monday, 1,706 on Sunday, 1,460 on Saturday, and 1,721 on last Friday, according to DGHS data.

 After the outbreak of dengue in Dhaka last June, the prevalence increased in July. In the first week of August, the number of dengue cases increased more than double the previous month, and on August 7, some 2,428 people were admitted to hospitals in a single day.The number of new dengue patients dropped on August 13, the day after Eid. On that day, 1,201 people were hospitalised with dengue. The number of dengue victims started to increase since then.

As of Thursday 8:00 am, 6,147 dengue patients were undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the country—- 3,332 in Dhaka and 2815 outside Dhaka. The number was 6,278 and 6,470 on Wednesday and Tuesday respectively.

The DGHS, however, said the number of patients being released from hospitals is higher than the flow of new patients to hospitals.


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