Bangladesh records 3 dengue cases, no deaths in a day

The number of cases since Jan 1 rises to 1,319, and the death toll remains unchanged at 17

Published : 23 Feb 2024, 01:26 PM
Updated : 23 Feb 2024, 01:26 PM

Hospitals in Bangladesh have admitted three new dengue patients in a day, taking the tally of infections since Jan 1 to 1,319 after the worst outbreak last year. 

The death toll from the mosquito-borne disease remained unchanged 17 with no fatality reported in the daily count published by the Directorate General of Health Services on Friday. 

The new cases included one in Dhaka and two in Chattogram Division outside the port city.

The capital also accounted for 29 of the 56 dengue patients undergoing treatment at hospitals in the morning.

In 2023, Bangladesh recorded 321,179 hospitalisations and 1,705 deaths from the viral disease and the outbreak has continued this year. 

Rising temperatures, along with a lack of effective measures to kill the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the known carrier of the virus, are seen as the reasons behind the deadliest outbreak last year. 

Experts say dengue may affect Bangladesh throughout the year from now on, not just in monsoon, if the authorities do not move to prevent the disease.