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Dengue cases spike in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is recording an increasing number of dengue cases over the past weeks with 21 patients hospitalised in the last 24 hours until Saturday morning.

Nineteen of these new cases were reported from Dhaka.

Currently, 85 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at hospitals across the country — 82 of them in the capital, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

Since January, the health authorities confirmed 846 dengue cases but 756 patients recovered, the government said.

The Dhaka North City Corporation started an anti-mosquito campaign from Nov 2, hoping to keep the number of dengue cases low this year.

Data provided by the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Health Directorate show 219 cases recorded in the first half of November.

In October, 163 cases were reported. The number was 47 in September and 68 in August.

This year’s only confirmed dengue-related death was reported in August.

But 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.

According to official figures, 101,354 dengue cases were recorded with the mosquito-borne disease killing 179 people.

Bangladesh is currently grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and another large-scale dengue outbreak will be a huge burden on its health sector.

Source: United News of Bangladesh