Record single-day dengue hospitalisations this year02 October 2022
Staff Reporter :
Bangladesh recorded 635 dengue patient hospitalisations in the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. Saturday, the highest number in a single-day so far this year.
Earlier, 524 hospitalisations were the highest in 24 hours, on September 29.
Besides, another dengue patient died in the last 24 hours, raising this year's death toll from the mosquito-borne disease in Bangladesh to 56, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) under the Ministry of Health.
The latest death was reported from Barisal division, raising the death toll in the division to 5.
Of the new dengue patients, 518 were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka and 117 outside it, according to the DGHS.
The fresh infection tally indicates the fast-rising trend of the Aedes-borne disease in the capital city.
In April, the health directorate in a pre-monsoon survey found a higher density of Aedes mosquitoes in the capital, predicting a worsening dengue situation in the city unless preventive steps were taken.
Health experts also warned of a possible dengue outbreak this year.
Meanwhile, a total of 2,158 dengue patients, including 1,658 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.
A total of 9,911 cases of dengue fever were reported in Bangladesh in September. In August, 3,521 dengue cases were recorded after 1,571 people were infected with the viral disease in July.
"While 34 deaths were reported in September, there were 11 deaths in August and 9 deaths in July," the DGHS said.
Bangladesh has reported more than 16,7,27 cases of dengue fever so far this year.
The June-September monsoon period is the season of dengue fever in Bangladesh, which is considered a high-risk nation for mosquito-borne diseases.
The country, with a population of about 165 million, is especially vulnerable to the virus because of insufficient biosecurity and deficient disease surveillance.
The Aedes mosquitos breed in stagnant water like water-filled containers.
In severe cases, dengue can cause joint pain, nausea, vomiting, rashes, breathing problems, hemorrhaging and organ failure.