Dhaka, Aug 25 (UNB) – A woman hailing from Madaripur died of dengue while being shifted to Dhaka and 1,299 news dengue patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till 8am on Sunday.
The number of new dengue infections is slightly higher than Saturday’s 1,179.
Sumi Akhter, 30, wife of Anwar Hossain of Kathalbari village in Shibpur upazila of Madaripur, succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease at the Mawa ferry terminal in Munshiganj around 1:30am on Sunday.
Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Shibpur Police Station, said Sumi was diagnosed with dengue on August 20.
She was first taken to Sadar Hospital where doctors recommended shifting her to Dhaka for better treatment.
A total of 63,514 dengue cases were recorded since January while the government confirmed 47 deaths. Most of them were reported from Dhaka, the overpopulated megacity at the centre of the outbreak.
Currently, 5,940 patients are being treated at different hospitals and clinics, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services.
Of them, 3,268 are taking treatment in Dhaka and 2,672 outside the capital
Of the new infections, 607 were recorded in Dhaka alone with 692 in other parts of the country, it said.
Bangladesh has been fighting an uphill battle against dengue this year.
Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. About half of the world's population is now at risk, the WHO says.
Southeast Asian countries are seeing huge increases in fatal dengue cases this year. There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below one percent.