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Alarming Dengue surge: 264 more hospitalized in 24 hours

  • Published at 05:52 pm August 3rd, 2021
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At least 1,072 patients are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals across Bangladesh

Amid growing concern over the spike in dengue cases, 264 new patients were hospitalized across the country in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

Of the new dengue cases, 248 were reported in Dhaka while 16 were from outside the capital, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

According to the DGHS, 1,072 patients are currently receiving treatment at different hospitals across the country.

A vast majority of the dengue patients are from Dhaka as only 47 of them were reported being treated in hospitals outside the capital.

Some 3,446 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January and 2,370 of them have been recovered so far.

The outbreak of dengue fever has sparked new worries as the country’s health services are already overburdened with increasing Covid cases and fatalities.

To eradicate dengue larvae in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) areas a control room was opened from Monday.

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On Monday, Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation in separate drives filed 27 cases and fined different houses and establishments Tk8.57 lakh for breeding Aedes larvae in the city.

Some 11 mobile courts conducted the drives in Green Road, New Eskaton, Malibagh Bazar, Phool Bagh, West Islambagh, Chawkbazar, Dhalpur, Golapbag, Amulia, Kadamtali, South Banasree areas of the city.

The DGHS reported 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths in 2020.

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

Dengue fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000, claiming 93 lives that year. In the years that followed, the country learned to deal with the disease much better.

The fatalities had almost fallen to zero at one stage, before surging again in 2018, leading to a severe outbreak the following year.