1,719 more dengue cases recorded in 24 hrs

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Dhaka, August 16: A total of 1,719 people infected with dengue were admitted to hospitals across the country in 24 hours till 8am on Friday, demonstrating a slight fall in the number of patients than Thursday’s figure.However, no death was recorded during the period.

Of the new infections, 759 were recorded in Dhaka alone, according to the Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The number of dengue patients was 1,929 on Thursday while 1,880 on Wednesday and 1,200 on Tuesday.

The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.

The DGHS said 49,999 people were hospitalised with dengue since January this year. Of them, 42,243 had made full recovery.

Currently, 7, 716 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics.

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 for dengue or severe dengue, WHO says. But early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 percent.