PRO/SOAS> Dengue – Bangladesh (28): update


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Date: Sun 15 Oct 2023
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha [edited]

A total of 11 patients died and 2363 were admitted to different
hospitals in the country during the last 24 hours till 8 am today [15
Oct 2023].

On 20 Sep 2023, Bangladesh witnessed 21 dengue deaths, the highest in
a single day this year [2023], and the nation also saw the same
highest figure on 2 Sep 2023.

“The death toll from dengue infection crossed the 1100-mark as the
authorities recorded 1169 dengue deaths between 1 Jan 2023 and 15 Oct
2023,” a press release from the Directorate General of Health Services
(DGHS) said.

“During the period, 537 dengue patients were hospitalised in Dhaka
city while 1826 were admitted to different hospitals outside the
capital city,” the DGHS daily statement added.

“This year [2023], 1169 deaths, the highest in a year since dengue was
detected in 2000, were reported from dengue disease while 281 died
last year [2022],” the statement said.

With the new cases, the total number of patients rose to 239 614 the
statement said, adding: “This year [2023], some 230 271 patients were
released from different hospitals out of the total patients.”

“A total of 8174 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different
hospitals. Of them, 2410 are in Dhaka while 5764 are outside of the
capital city,” it added.

The authorities have recorded the highest number of dengue positive
cases outside the capital in August this year [2023], meaning the
mosquito-borne disease gripped the entire country.

August [2023] 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; subsequently the dengue positive cases were detected in
Dhaka city only.

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.”

The authorities recorded 79 598 dengue positive cases in September
[2023] while 396 deaths from the mosquito-borne disease during the
same period.

The prevalence of dengue cases in Bangladesh has increased 10 times
since last year [2022] and the deaths have increased almost thrice,
according to a health expert.

“Dengue positive cases have increased 10 times and death 3 times
between mid-September 2022 and mid-September 2023,” Professor Dr. Md
Golam Sharower, head of Department of Entomology, National Institute
of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), told a seminar recently.

The morphological, biological and behavioral changes that have
occurred in Aedes mosquitoes as a result of all our unknown
activities in mosquito breeding are highly favorable for Aedes
mosquitoes to transmit dengue virus, he elaborated.

According to the DGHS, Bangladesh reported 101 354 dengue cases, the
second-highest total since dengue cases were detected in 2000, in
2019, 1405 cases in 2020, 28 429 cases in 2021, and 62 382 cases in

It also added that Bangladesh recorded 179 dengue-related deaths in
2019, 7 deaths in 2020, 105 deaths in 2021, and 281 deaths, the
second-highest deaths, in 2022.

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