Bangladesh records 9 dengue cases, no deaths in a day

The number of cases since Jan 1 rises to 1,407, and the death toll remains unchanged at 17

Published : 2 March 2024, 02:01 PM
Updated : 2 March 2024, 02:01 PM

Hospitals in Bangladesh have admitted nine new dengue patients in a day, taking the tally of infections since Jan 1 to 1,407 after the worst outbreak last year.

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

The new cases included four in Dhaka. The capital also accounted for 36 of the 66 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.