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3 die of dengue, daily cases near 500

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Three people died of dengue fever, and the number of patients has neared 500 in the country during the last 24 hours.

So far, 32 have died of the disease, and the number of patients crossed 8,000 this month.

The prevalence of dengue disease is rising across the country, especially in Dhaka, which is considered a hotspot for the mosquito-borne viral disease.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 482 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours till Monday morning. Three new deaths were reported during that time.

Some 440 dengue patients were reported on Sunday, 440 dengue patients on Saturday, 125 on Friday, 437 patients on Thursday, 431 patients on Wednesday, and 438 patients were reported on Tuesday.

The DGHS said a total of 14,362 dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals and 53 patients have died across the country, including in Dhaka this year.

Of the total, 11,071 were reported in Dhaka city while 3,291 were reported outside the capital.  Some 8,181 dengue patients were hospitalised and 32 died in the country in only 26 days of the current month of September, while 3,521 dengue patients were hospitalised and 11 died in August.

The DGHS data further said a total of 1,692 dengue patients are now undergoing treatment across the country. Of them, 1294 patients were admitted to 50 hospitals in Dhaka city.

Of the total dengue patients, around 90 percent of patients are admitted to hospitals in 50 hospitals in the capital, while around 10 percent of patients are outside Dhaka.

Health authority sources said the Den 4 dengue virus has been found in Bangladesh this year. That’s why people may suffer from severe dengue disease due to infection with the Den 4 virus, experts said.

The DGHS asked people to contact registered doctors immediately after feeling any symptoms of dengue disease and get tested for the dengue virus for early treatment.

Dhaka city is at risk of a major dengue outbreak this year compared to the last couple of years, as clear, stagnant water, the breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes, is found in monsoon survey.

The health experts urged the authorities concerned to take immediate measures against the spread of the disease and identify and neutralise clusters of Aedes mosquitoes.

"If the rains continue, the number of dengue cases may increase because intermittent rain helps the Aedes mosquito grow," IEDCR director Prof Dr Tahmina Shirin told the Daily Sun.

In a monsoon survey, the DGHS found that some 27 wards—13 in Dhaka North City Corporation and 14 in Dhaka South City Corporation—are at high risk of dengue disease due to the high presence of Aedes mosquitoes in the areas.

"More than 20 Breteau Index (BI) has been found in 13 wards of DNCC and in 14 wards of DSCC in the capital during our monsoon Aedes survey. The areas have been identified as more prone to a higher reproduction of Aedes mosquitoes," said Prof Dr Nazmul Islam, director (disease control) of DGHS.