Death toll from dengue in Bangladesh this year nears 1,600

Hospitals record 971 new cases of the mosquito-borne viral fever, and three deaths from the disease in the latest daily count

Published : 26 Nov 2023, 01:13 PM
Updated : 26 Nov 2023, 01:13 PM

The number of deaths caused by dengue fever this year in Bangladesh is nearing the 1,600 mark, with three new fatalities reported in the latest daily count.

The exact death toll stood at 1,598, while the number of cases increased by 971 to 308,167 in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

In Dhaka, hospitals admitted 217 patients in this period while the other districts recorded 754 new cases. The death toll outside the capital was two.

Of the 3,595 dengue patients undergoing treatment in hospitals across the country in the morning, 1,017 were in Dhaka and 2,578 outside the capital.

After a record 79,598 dengue cases and 396 deaths in September amid the worst outbreak of the disease, 67,769 cases and 359 deaths were reported in October. The number of cases in August was 71,976, with 342 deaths.

The death toll in the first 26 days of November was 250. As many as 36,992 new dengue cases have been recorded in this period.

Experts have blamed a prolonged monsoon and rising temperature, along with a lack of effective measures to kill the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the known carrier of the virus, for the outbreak.