One dies of dengue in Dhaka; 1025 new patients hospitalized
One dies of dengue in Dhaka; 1025 new patients hospitalized in 24 hrs
Rtv online desk
| 30 Aug 2019, 00:00 | Update : 30 Aug 2019, 16:54
Mosquito-borne disease dengue claimed another life in the capital while 1,025 new patients were hospitalized across the country in 24 hours till Friday morning, marking a slight improvement in the situation.
Fifty-two-year old Munni Begum from Keraniganj died around 9am at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Her son Imran Hossain said she was admitted there on Wednesday.
Data released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) showed a decline in new dengue cases. On Thursday, 1,189 new cases were recorded. The number was 1,157 on Wednesday, 1,299 on Tuesday, 1,251 on Monday, 1,299 on Sunday and 1,179 on Saturday.
Bangladesh, like many other Southeast Asian countries, has been hit hard by dengue this year. The government said 69,435 patients had been hospitalized since January 1. Of them, 64,558 were discharged after recovery.
At present, 4,697 people are being treated for dengue – 2,610 of them in Dhaka alone.
Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.
WHO says severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries. Although there is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 percent.
Dengue prevention and control depends on effective vector control measures, the WHO says.
Since January, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has received complaints of 180 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 88 cases and confirmed that 52 of them were caused by dengue.