No respite from dengue deaths; 3 more lose lives

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Dhaka, August 15: Three more people, including a woman, have lost their battle to dengue disease as the number of patients infected with the mosquito-borne virus has begun surging again across the country after a downtrend during the Eid-ul-Azha vacation.The fresh deaths were recorded from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon in Dhaka, Chandpur and Magura districts, UNB reports.

In Dhaka, Mousumi Akhter, 25, wife of Md Mamun of Bhandaria, died of the mosquito-borne disease at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Thursday.

In Chandpur, Abu Bakar Shihab, a madrasa student and a resident of Tamta Paschimpara in Shahrasti upazila, died of dengue on Wednesday evening.

In Magura, Joynal Sharif, 53, died of dengue at his residence at Narsinghati village in Sadar upazila on Thursday afternoon, said Civil Surgeon Dr Pradip Kumar Saha.

Meanwhile, at least 1,929 new patients infected with the mosquito-borne disease were admitted to hospitals across the country in the 24 hours until 8am on Thursday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

A total of 1,880 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals on Wednesday while 1,200 on Tuesday.

The DGHS said 48,280 people were hospitalised with dengue since January this year. Of them, 40, 670 had made full recovery.

Currently, 7, 570 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics. Of them, 3,910 ones are receiving treatment at 40 public and private hospitals in Dhaka.

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.