Dengue spreads all over Bangladesh

File photo: Dengue patients at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital as the outbreak continues Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

DHAKA, Aug 3, 2019, Dhaka Tribune. The viral disease, dengue, has spread in all the 64 districts of Bangladesh with eight dengue cases reported from the remaining Netrakona district. Health Emergency Operations Center and Control Room under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed the nationwide dengue situation Thursday afternoon, reported the Dhaka Tribune.

The confirmation came just two hours after the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Zahid Maleque, told the media that dengue outbreak had spread in 63 districts.

According to the DGHS, 562 people were identified with the disease in the 64 districts, other than the Dhaka city, in last 24 hours till Thursday afternoon.

Bangladesh has had a total of 19,513 dengue cases in 2019 as of August 1, said the DGHS data. Of them, 5,838 are undergoing treatment at hospitals.

Between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, 1,712 more dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across the country.

Of these, 1,150 cases were reported in the capital alone. Three of them were suffering from dengue hemorrhagic or severe dengue.

Dr Ayesha Akter, assistant director of Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room, said some 14 dengue patients died between January and July this year.

However, the unofficial death toll reached to nearly 50, according to media.

Dr Akter said they increased the death count only after a cell of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research confirmed the numbers.

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