Bangladesh reports 349 new dengue cases, 7 deaths

The number of cases so far this year stands at 318,305, as the death toll rises to 1,674

Published : 13 Dec 2023, 01:36 PM
Updated : 13 Dec 2023, 01:36 PM

Hospitals in Bangladesh have recorded 349 new cases of deadly dengue fever in the latest daily count, taking the tally of infections so far this year to 318,305.

The death toll from the mosquito-borne disease increased by seven to 1,674 in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

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 November was 274. As many as 40,716 new dengue cases were recorded last month.

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.