Dengue surge looms large

23 new patients hospitalised in 24 hrs

27 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Dengue surge looms large

Twenty-three dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka in the last 24 hours until Saturday morning amid a spike in the mosquito-borne disease in the country.

Bangladesh is currently seeing a rise in dengue cases following the annual trends while the country grapples with a surge in Covid-19 infections, reports UNB.

Sixty six dengue patients are currently receiving treatment at 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, according to a handout of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Besides, one patient with dengue was admitted to a hospital outside Dhaka taking the total number of infected people in the country to 67 as of Saturday.

A total of 247 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January and of them, 202 patients recovered.

Health authorities reported 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths in 2020.

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

Dengue fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000 and it claimed 93 lives. In three years, the fatality number almost fell to zero.

However, the mosquito-borne viral infection struck again in 2018, killing 26, and infecting 10,148 people.

World Health Organisation said the global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades.

About half of the world's population is now at risk. There are an estimated 100-400 million infections each year.