Hospitals in Bangladesh have registered 11 new cases of dengue fever in a day, taking the tally of infections since Jan 1 to 1,132 after the worst outbreak last year.
The death toll from the mosquito-borne disease rose to 16 after a death was reported in the daily count published by the Directorate General of Health Services on Monday.
The new cases included six in Dhaka and five outside the capital.
Dhaka also accounted for 47 of the 104 dengue patients undergoing treatment at hospitals in the morning. The other districts were treating 57 dengue patients.
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.