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13 dengue cases recorded in 24 hrs

Bangladesh is seeing a gradual rise in dengue cases with the health authorities confirming 13 new cases in 24 hours until Thursday morning.

Seventy dengue patients are receiving treatment at hospitals across the county — 59 of them in Dhaka, the Directorate General of Health Services said.

The health authorities reported 1,220 dengue cases since January, and 1,143 patients have recovered so far.

Reports of seven dengue-related deaths have been sent to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR). It has so far reviewed four cases and confirmed three dengue deaths.

According to official figures, 101,354 dengue cases and 179 deaths were recorded in Bangladesh last year.

Bangladesh is seeing a gradual rise in the mosquito-borne disease in November as the country continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The situation this year is much better compared to 2019 when the country saw a massive outbreak of dengue that pushed the healthcare system to its limits.

As Bangladesh keeps reporting new Coronavirus cases every day, doctors feared that the country’s health sector may face an unprecedented crisis if there is a dengue outbreak.

Dr Edward Pallab Rozario, head of health programmes at Caritas Bangladesh, earlier told UNB that dengue and coronavirus cases occurring simultaneously will create a situation in the country which will be very difficult for the government to handle alone.

Source: United News of Bangladesh