Dengue kills woman in Khulna

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:00am on September 21, 2019

A woman died of dengue in Khulna Thursday night while at least 508 new dengue patients were hospitalised across the country in the past 24 hours ending 8:00am Friday.

Khulna Medical College Hospital dengue ward-in-charge Partha Devnath told New Age that 35-year old Rozina Begum died of dengue at the hospital around 9:30pm on Thursday.

Rozina, who was from Jhikargacha of Jashore, was admitted to the hospital on September 19.

Directorate General of Health Services said on Friday that of 508 new dengue patients hospitalised across the country in the past 24 hours, 165 were hospitalised in Dhaka while 343 in other parts of the country.

About 2,158 patients, including 902 in the capital, were currently being treated  at hospitals across the country, it said.

Since the beginning of this year, 83,989 people were hospitalised with dengue, most of them in Dhaka.

Since January, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research received reports of 203 suspected dengue deaths, although according to unofficial counts dengue claimed many more lives this year.

Aedes mosquitoes, the vector of dengue, live mostly in urban habitats and breed in containers such as abandoned cans, pots, cups, flower tubs, coconut shells and tyres filled with clean water at and around homes.

Unlike other mosquitoes, aedes mosquitoes bite during the daytime and their peak biting hours are two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset.

This year dengue infection witnessed an unprecedented rise in number since it spilled over from the capital to become widespread across the country’s rural areas.

The dengue outbreak initially remained confined to the capital, as had been the case since its first occurrence reported in 2000.

Since the fourth week of July the infection began to spread outside the capital this year.

It spread throughout Bangladesh in the first week of August, growing more severe in the districts than in the capital since August 8.

The IEDCR said that dengue spread in rural areas through aedes albopictus while aedes aegypti was responsible for spreading the infection in the urban areas.