10 dengue patients die, 2,748 hospitalised in 24hrs

A total of 10 dengue patients died and 2,748 wereadmitted to different hospitals in the country during the last 24 hours till8 am today.On September 2, Bangladesh recorded 21 dengue-related deaths, the highestnumber in a single day, this year while the country reported 20 dengue-linkeddeaths, second highest deaths during the current year, on September 7.”The death toll from dengue infection crossed 700-mark as the authoritiesrecorded 716 dengue deaths between January 1, 2023 and September 9, a pressrelease of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.”During the period, 1,051 dengue patients were hospitalised in Dhaka citywhile 1,697 were admitted to different hospitals outside it,” the DGHS dailystatement added.”This year, 716 deaths, the highest in a year since dengue was detected in2000, were reported from dengue disease while 281 died last year,” thestatement said. With the new cases, the total number of patients rose to 1,45,335, thestatement said, adding: “This year, some 1,34,421 patients were released fromdifferent hospitals out of the total patients.””A total of 1,0,198 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at differenthospitals. Of them, 4,411 are in Dhaka while 5,787 are outside of the capitalcity,” it added.According to the DGHS statement, among the total dengue positive cases,55,536 are female and 89,799 are male. Of the total deaths, 418 are femaleand 298 male. The authorities have recorded the highest number of dengue positive casesoutside Dhaka in August this year meaning the mosquito disease gripped theentire country.August witnessed 71,976 dengue positive cases, the highest cases in a singlemonth since dengue outbreak began in 2000 in the country, while 342 dengue-related deaths were reported in the current month, the DGHS statement said. According to the health experts, the vector-borne disease hit Dhaka city in2000 subsequently the dengue positive cases were detected in Dhaka city only.But the dengue disease is changing its nature and it is gradually spreadingacross the country, they said, adding: “All 64 districts of the country havewitnessed dengue positive cases.”July alone recorded 43,854 dengue positive cases with 204 deaths, the DGHSstatement read.As of September 9, the authorities recorded 21,527 dengue positive caseswhile 123 deaths from the mosquito-borne disease during the same period.Talking to BSS, several entomologists said that dengue by now emerged as anepidemic since it spread all over the country but observed that the agenciesconcerned, particularly city corporations could not take required steps toannihilate mosquitoes.According to hospital authorities, pressure of dengue patients have decreasedslightly in healthcare facilities in Dhaka city meaning dengue situation isin decreasing trend in the capital city while the number of dengue cases areincreasing outside the Dhaka city.

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