Baby dies of dengue in M’singh, patients’ hospitalisation rate drops
A five-month old baby has died of dengue fever in Mymensingh amid a massive outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease across Bangladesh.
The infant, Zarif Hossain, passed away during treatment at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) early on Saturday morning, said the hospital's Deputy Director Dr Laxmi Narayan Majumder.
Zarif was the son of Arif Hossain, a resident of Mymensingh city's Shikarikanda area.
He was taken to a hospital in Gazipur where he tested positive for dengue a few days ago. Zarif underwent treatment at the Gazipur hospital before being admitted to MMCH around 5am on Saturday when his condition worsened.
"Zarif died after all his organs stopped functioning," said Dr Laxmi Narayan.
Five people have died while undergoing treatment for dengue at the hospital so far, he added.
Meanwhile, The number of dengue patients hospitalised in 24 hours has dropped to 1,179, lowest in about a month.
The hospitals in the Dhaka admitted 570 patients with dengue fever while the number outside the capital was 609 in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
As many as 6,289 were still being treated for the mosquito-borne viral fever in the hospitals as the total number of dengue patients hospitalised so far this year has reached 62,217.
After the ongoing outbreak started in early June, Bangladesh recorded highest 2,428 patients hospitalised with dengue on Aug 7 as the number of patients in the first week of the month broke the record of July when the hospitals took in 16,253 dengue patients.
The situation continued for another week with the daily rate of hospitalised dengue patients topping 2,000.
It dropped during Eid-ul-Azha holidays, with 1,201 a day after the festival, but rose again and continued to be over 1,500, except one day when the number was 1,460.
The hospitals across Bangladesh admitted total 1,446 dengue patients between 8am on Thursday and 8am on Friday, according to the directorate's Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room. The number was 1,597 in the previous 24 hours. The government has confirmed reports of 47 deaths from dengue this year, but unofficial death toll is 178.