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Dengue spike in Bangladesh: 242 more hospitalized in 24 hours

  • Published at 02:37 pm August 12th, 2021
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Dengue patients under treatment at Mitford Hospital in Dhaka. The photo was taken on Friday, August 6, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Most of the cases have been reported in Dhaka so far

A total of  242 new dengue patients have been admitted to different hospitals in 24 hours till Thursday morning amid a spike in the mosquito-borne disease that spreads mainly during monsoon.

Twenty two suspected dengue deaths were reported to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) but it is yet to confirm any death from dengue, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Bangladesh started seeing an uptrend in dengue cases from June. It started seeing over 200 Dengue cases every day since August 1.

Most of the cases have been reported in Dhaka so far, said the health authorities.


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Some 896 patients diagnosed with dengue are receiving treatment in the country as of Wednesday morning, according to DGHS.

Of them, 824 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in Dhaka while the rest were listed outside Dhaka.

Among the new patients, 121 were admitted to the government and private hospitals across Dhaka.

Some 5,434 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January and 4,516 of them have been released after recovery.

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, but it became an endemic. Fatalities almost fell to zero at one stage, before spiking again in 2018, leading to the horrific crisis the following year.

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