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1,719 more dengue patients hospitalised in 24hrs: DGHS

Record 50,000 diagnosed till date

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At least 1,719 patients infected with dengue were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours across the country till 8am on Friday, demonstrating a slight fall in the number of patients than Thursday's figure according to the Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
However, no death was recorded during the period.
Of them, 759 were diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease in Dhaka city and 960 outside the capital.
The number of dengue patients was 1,929 on Thursday, 1,880 on Wednesday and 1,200 on Tuesday.
This year, Bangladesh saw a record number of dengue cases.
A total of 49,999 patients were admitted to hospitals after being infected with dengue this year and of them 40 died, according the official estimate.
Among those admitted, a total of 42,243 have been released from hospitals and clinics after treatment.
However, the death toll is much higher as

per unofficial estimate, reportedly 95.
Dengue situation in the country took an alarming turn this year with the viral fever reaching all 64 districts.
A total of 4,015 patients are currently receiving treatment in 40 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, whereas a total of 3,701 people are undergoing treatment outside Dhaka, the release said.
Experts said climate change effects, intermittent rain, pattern of weather and lack of cleanliness were the main reasons for this outbreak of dengue fever.
The situation is getting worse every day despite the governments all out efforts to stop.
The DGHS also advised people who will come back to their residences after Eid holidays to spray mosquito killers before they enter their houses.
Bangladesh is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue. Dhaka, the densely-populated megacity, has been at the centre of the outbreak.
There is no specific treatment of dengue disease, WHO says. But early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below one percent.

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