23 new dengue patients hospitalised amid surge in cases
Staff Correspondent: Twenty-three dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka in last 24 hours 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.
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 yesterday.
A total of 247 patients got 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.
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