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Dengue cases on rise after Eid holidays

1,929 hospitalised in 24 hours, three die

Published : Friday, 16 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 677

Three more people, including a woman, died of dengue as the number of patients infected with the mosquito-borne virus had begun surging again across the country after a downtrend during the Eid-ul-Azha vacation.
A total of 1,929 patients afflicted with the mosquito-borne diseases were admitted to hospitals around the country in the last 24 hours ending at 8:00 am on Thursday, according to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).  
Three people died of dengue in Dhaka and Magura and Chandpur as the mosquito-borne disease rages on in Bangladesh.
Of them, a readymade garment factory worker passed away while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
And the victim from Magura was an elderly man, who had been working for a private security company as a guard in Dhaka.
Now the total number of the death from dengue stands at 40 from January 1 till August 15, according to the DGHS. However, the unofficial death toll is reported to be over 87.
Moushumi Begum, 25, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on Thursday and died during treatment around 11:40am on Thursday, said Sub-Inspector Bacchu Mia of the DMCH Police Outpost.
Her husband Md Mamun said they had been living in Taltola at Dhaka's Mollapara area where Moushumi worked in a garment factory.
"Moushumi went to a local hospital in Shyamoli for a dengue test after she came down with fever on Tuesday and the report was positive. She was taken to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar when her condition deteriorated."
"Physicians of Suhrawardy Hospital advised shifting her to DMCH immediately. She was admitted to the ICU around 10am on Thursday and died a few hours later," Mamun said.
She will be buried at her village home in Pirojpur's Bhandaria Upazila, he added.
Meanwhile, Joynal Sharif, 52, died of dengue in Magura Sadar Upazila's Narsinghati village on Thursday, said the district's Civil Surgeon Dr Pradip Kumar Saha.
Joynal was tested positive for dengue on Aug 8 in Dhaka, said the victim's brother Harun-or-Rashid.
"Under the circumstances, Joynal returned to Magura and went to Magura General Hospital on Aug 10 for a dengue test. The test came out positive there as well."
He was shifted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital on the advice of physicians at Magura hospital. But when his condition began to deteriorate there, doctors advised that he be taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.  
But on Wednesday his family members took him home instead and he died there around 12:30pm on Thursday, Harun added.
In Chandpur, Abu Bakar Shihab, a madrasa student and a resident of Tamta Paschimpara in Shahrasti upazila, died of dengue on Wednesday evening.
Hospitals in Dhaka, the epicentre of the disease, have registered 811 new dengue patients in the last 24 hours, up from 755 the previous.
Since January 1 till August 15, a total of 48,280 people have been affected by dengue.
Among those admitted, a total of 40, 670 have been released from their respective hospitals and clinics after treatment.
The total number of dengue patients hospitalised so far this year has been recorded 48,280, including 7,570 who are undergoing treatment at hospitals around the country. The government count, which is confirmed through reviews by a committee, has put the death toll at 40.

Dengue fever has caused hundreds of deaths this year in Southeast Asia. Apart from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are also recording higher number of fatalities.

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