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Navalsang Parmar (Dhaka)

November 16, 2023 1:45 PM IST

Dengue death toll crosses 1500-mark in Bangladesh

The death toll from dengue infection rose to 1520 this year in Bangladesh, with a record high 24 single-day casualties reported in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

Besides, 1623 new dengue patients were hospitalized during the same period, according to data released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The dengue outbreak has taken a serious turn in Bangladesh as the death toll and new cases continue to reach new highs regularly.

A total of 5,755 dengue patients, including 1,507 in Dhaka, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across Bangladesh.

So far, the DGHS has recorded 2, 96,665 dengue cases and 2,89,390 recoveries this year, reports UNB.

The entire medical system in Bangladesh is under heavy pressure due to the unexpected increase in the attack of dengue virus all over the country.

According to experts, a lack of a coordinated response and a sustainable policy is causing more deaths from the mosquito-transmitted disease. In earlier years, dengue cases and deaths were generally limited to Dhaka and other major cities only but this year almost all districts of Bangladesh are in tight grip of mosquito-borne diseases.

nSeptember recorded the highest single-month death toll in history, with a tragic total of 396 fatalities, pushing the preceding month, August, into second place with 342 deaths.

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