July Dengue Cases Hit 5,000 In Bangladesh
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) says 5,050 fresh cases of dengue were reported from Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, and elsewhere on the outskirts of the city in July.

This, the report said brought the total confirmed cases as at Tuesday (July 23) in the country to 7,179.

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The figures which were reported by IEDCR under the Ministry of Health, give an alarming situation as Dhaka has seen a rapid surge in the incidence of the mosquito-borne viral infection.

“A total of 1,090 cases of dengue were reported in the last 48 hours up till 8 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday (local time),’’ an IEDCR official told Xinhua.

Medical institutions in Dhaka have been reporting increasing number of new cases.

By region, according to the IEDCR official, Dhaka and its neighbouring districts are more vulnerable to the risk of mosquito-borne diseases and most Dhaka hospitals and clinics are now crammed with dengue patients.

“At least four people have already become victim in 2019,’’ the official who preferred anonymous, said.

At the latest, a doctor has died of dengue. Mohammad Hajra, a government physician, was declared dead at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in Dhaka on Sunday night.

Two weeks earlier, a lady doctor also died of dengue fever in Dhaka. She was reportedly the third patient to die of the disease in the country since January.

Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the genus Aedes.

The first case of mosquito-borne viral infection was reported in Bangladesh in 2000, and some 100 people died from the disease from 2000 to 2003.