Hospitalisation for dengue crosses 100 again

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:07, Nov 16,2019 | Updated: 00:33, Nov 17,2019


At least 136 patients were hospitalised for dengue in last 24 hours until 8:00am on Saturday, which is 39 more than 97 hospitalisations for dengue on Friday.

Of 136 patients, 56 were hospitalised in the capital and 80 in the districts, said the Directorate General of Health Services in its daily report.

On Saturday, at least 678 patients – 307 in the capital and 371 in the districts – were still in hospitals for dengue, said the directorate.

On Friday, daily hospitalisation for dengue dropped below 100 after four and half months, with 97 hospitalisations across the country.

On June 29, daily hospitalisations for dengue crossed 100 for the first time in this year and it rose to 2,428 on August 7, which is the highest for a day in the country’s history.

In July, 16,253 patients were hospitalised for dengue, which is 6105 more than 10148 hospitalisations recorded in 2018.

The hospitalisations for dengue reached epidemic proportions in August with 52,636 cases reported, which is the highest for a month in the country’s history.

The monthly hospitalisations for dengue came down to 16,856 dengue in September and 8,143 in October and 2,404 in the first half of November so far.

The number was still unusually high, said senior scientific officer ASM Alamgir of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.

So far this year, at least 98,636 patients were hospitalised for dengue, which is about 10 times higher than the previous highest for a year recorded in 2018.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research received reports of 251 suspected dengue deaths but confirmed only 112 so far. The High Court recently directed the government to disclose the actual number of deaths caused by dengue.

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