673 new dengue patients hospitalized in 24 hours
Published : Saturday, 14 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 117
About 2,900 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics across the country.
Among them, 1,282 patients are taking treatment in Dhaka Division and 1,268 are hospitalised outside the capital, a release of Health Crisis Management and Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Friday.
A total of 80,040 patients have been admitted to different hospitals across the country since January this year. Of them, 76,937 patients have returned home after recovery, the DGHS said.
According to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), 60 people have so far died of the Aedes mosquito-borne disease.
Around 673 new dengue patients have been admitted to different hospitals in the last 24 hours across the country ending at 8:00am on Friday, the release added.
The first dengue case in Bangladesh was recorded in 2000. Dengue, a mosquito-borne virus, spreads among humans through its carrier Aedes mosquito. The disease has no known cure or vaccine yet.
The battle between humans and mosquitoes has been raging for centuries. For as long as humans have existed, mosquitos have been there, right alongside us, making us sick.
Dengue alone causes 390 million infections a year and as much as 40 percent of the world's population lives in a place where dengue is a risk. As our world's climate changes, even more people will be exposed to these mosquitoes and the diseases they bring with them.
Health experts said the Aedes mosquito, which is responsible for dengue disease, breeds mostly in flower tubs, abandoned cans, pots, cups, and coconut shells containing clean water in and around the houses, particularly in urban areas.
A joint study conducted by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), in collaboration with some national and international institutions, said dengue viruses are responsible for over 100 million confounder adjustments.
"Rainfall, temperature, and relative humidity also significantly affect the mean abundance of mosquitoes. Proper use, disposal and recycling of the containers that effectively produce large numbers of Aedes vector mosquitoes may decrease the risk of arbovirus transmission," it said.
The study observed that plastic drums, plastic buckets, water tanks, clay pots, and flower tubs are producing a large number of Aedes larvae and pupae while the residents of Dhaka use relatively smaller plastic drums, plastic buckets and larger water tanks to store water from piped water source.