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10,090 dengue patients hospitalised so far this year

| Updated: August 31, 2021 08:36:47


These three members of a family got admitted to a private hospital in Motijheel area with dengue fever. The photo was taken on August 18 this year. —FE file photo These three members of a family got admitted to a private hospital in Motijheel area with dengue fever. The photo was taken on August 18 this year. —FE file photo

At least 10,090 people were hospitalised with mosquito-borne dengue fever so far this year across the country.

As many as 42 people have died from the disease in 2021, while 8,895 patients have recovered after treatment, reports bdnews24.com citing government data.

Out of the 10,090 patients hospitalised for dengue, 7,432 cases came in August alone. The death toll for this month currently stands at 30.

Meanwhile, hospitals in Bangladesh have admitted another 233 people suffering from dengue fever in the last 24 hours till 8:00 am on Monday.

Dhaka residents accounted for 213 of the 233 new cases. Currently, 1,150 dengue patients are in hospital care, with 1,004 cases coming from the Dhaka metropolitan area.

Amid the recent uptick in cases, the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research or BCSIR sequenced the genome of the virus and found that the Denv-3 variant of the dengue virus is dominant in Bangladesh now. Contracting the strain after a previous infection could be fatal, researchers warn.

The dengue virus carried by Aedes aegypti mosquitos put more than 100,000 people in hospitals in 2019.

The threat of dengue declined last year when only 1,405 people were down with the disease as per hospital records.

This year, the surging dengue fever cases are complicating the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by overstretched hospitals.

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