Deadly dengue fever outbreak in Bangladesh

Patients with dengue infections are seen taking treatment at the Mugda Medical College & Hospital in the capital on Wednesday amid rising mosquito borne disease.

Staff Reporter :
The country on Wednesday witnessed more 15 fatalities from dengue while 2,950 were admitted to different hospitals in different districts.

“The death toll from dengue infection has risen to 958as the authorities recorded 943 dengue deaths between January 1 and September 25 this year,” the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a press release.

It said also that during the period 726 dengue patients were hospitalised in Dhaka city while 2,224 were admitted to different hospitals outside it,” the DGHS daily statement said.

A total of 15 dengue patients died in the last 24 hours. Of them, seven in Dhaka and eight are from across the country, the DGHS release said.

With the new cases, the total number of patients rose to 1,96,831 the statement said, adding: “This year, some 1,85,906 patients were released from different hospitals out of the total patients.”

“A total of 9,967 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.

Of them, 3,538 are in Dhaka while 6,429 are outside of the capital city,” it added.


DGHS data showed that, 943 deaths, the highest in a year since dengue was detected in 2000, were reported from dengue disease while 281 died last year.

The authorities have recorded the highest number of dengue positive cases outside the capital in August this year, meaning the mosquito-borne disease gripped the entire country.

August witnessed 71,976 dengue positive cases, the highest cases in a single month since dengue outbreak began in 2000 in the country while 342 dengue-related deaths were reported in the current month, the DGHS statement said.

According to the health experts, the vector-borne disease hit Dhaka city in 2000.

But the dengue disease is changing its nature and it is gradually spreading across the country, they said, adding: “All 64 districts of the country have witnessed positive dengue cases.”

As of September 26, the authorities recorded 70, 073 dengue positive cases while 350 deaths from the mosquito-borne disease during the same period.

The prevalence of dengue cases in the country has increased 10 times since last year and the deaths have increased almost thrice, the health experts said.