Dengue infection increasing, cases cross 1500 mark in Bangladesh

Dengue infection increasing, cases cross 1500 mark in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is witnessing an increasing number of Dengue cases for past few days and the total number of cases has crossed 1500 mark, according to the data of the Directorate General of Health Services.

The country reported the daily highest 104 dengue cases in past 24 hours ending 8:00am on Saturday and the total number of dengue cases now stands at 1,574 until July 24 morning.

The country reported 13 cases on July 21, 25 cases on July 22 and 85 cases on July 23, DGHS data shows.

According to DGHS officials, the vast majority of the cases are reported from Dhaka.

Of the total 1,574 dengue cases, 1,202 were reported in 24 days of the ongoing month, 272 in June and 43 were reported in May, the officials said.

According to the DGHS data, a total of 422 dengue infected patients are still undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Dhaka and three outside the capital.

The recent spike in dengue cases has added to the burden on healthcare providers as the country continues to grapple with the devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

On July 18, DGHS spokesman and line director Dr Nazmul Islam suggested testing for dengue as well as Covid-19 if someone has temperature.

He also asked to take medicine on the advice of a registered doctor only in case of treatment. If necessary, one could take treatment by contacting the hotline number of DGHS.

The DGHS reported 1,193 dengue cases and three confirmed dengue-related deaths in 2020. It marked a dramatic and largely unexplained drop from the previous year.

Official figures state 101,354 dengue cases and 179 deaths were recorded in Bangladesh in 2019.

Dengue fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000, claiming 93 lives that year. In the years that followed, the country learned to deal with the disease much better, but it did become endemic. Fatalities almost fell to zero at one stage, before spiking again in 2018, leading to the horrific crisis the following year.