Official dengue death toll rises to 104

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:08, Oct 21,2019 | Updated: 23:38, Oct 21,2019


The government on Monday confirmed 104 deaths caused by dengue in Bangladesh since April, the highest ever for a single year since  the virus infected people in this country in 2000 for the first time.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research confirmed 104 deaths caused by dengue after analysing 166 cases out of 248 suspected deaths due to dengue.

In 2000, dengue appeared in Bangladesh killing at least 93 people, when doctors in this country did not know how to treat these patients.

In 2001, deaths caused by dengue dropped to 44 but rose to 58 in 2002.

Since then, deaths caused by dengue did not exceed 26 per year until 2018.

This year’s dengue outbreak was unprecedented with at least 93,807 patients getting hospitalised since January.

Dengue infections were initially confined to the capital, as had been the situation since the first infection was reported in Bangladesh in 2000.

This year, however, dengue infection spread outside the capital, for the first time, in the fourth week of July.

Just in one week, dengue infection spread to the whole country and its severity overtook that of the capital in the outlying districts.

Since September, dengue hospitalisation slowed down, even then, 16,854 dengue patients were hospitalised in September. In the last 21 days of October, at least 5,637 dengue patients were hospitalised.

The Health Services said Monday that at least 217 new dengue patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours ending 8:00am Monday.

Of them, 75 were hospitalised in the capital and 142 in the districts.

On Monday, at least 916 dengue patients were in hospitals, 409 in the capital and 507 in the districts.

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