Woman dies of dengue

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:06, Oct 10,2019


A woman died of dengue at Khulna Medical College Hospital on Wednesday while 254 people were hospitalised with the mosquito-borne disease across the country in 24 hours ending 8:00am Wednesday.

Shoilendranath Biswas, resident physician of the Khulna hospital, said that Rafi, 45, of Gopalganj, who got admitted to the hospital at about 2:00pm on Tuesday with dengue, died at 11:00am on Wednesday.

Health services on Wednesday said that 254 dengue patients — 61 in Dhaka and 193 in the districts — were hospitalised in 24 hours ending 8:00am Wednesday.

On Wednesday, 1,399 dengue patients were undergoing treatment at hospitals across the country, including 466 in the capital and 873 in the districts.

So far this year, 90,799 people have been hospitalised with dengue.

Since April, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research has received 242 reports of suspected dengue deaths, though unofficial counts say, dengue has claimed many more lives this year.

The dengue outbreak, which was initially limited to the capital, as had been the case since its first reported occurrence in Bangladesh in 2000, started spreading outside the capital, for the first time, in the fourth week of July.

The dengue infection spread to the whole country in just one week and the severity in the outlying districts overtook that of the capital.

Since early September, dengue hospitalisation slowed down but still over 2,300 people are getting hospitalised each week.

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