Official dengue death toll updated to 93

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 21:50, Oct 10, 2019 | Updated : 21:55, Oct 10, 2019

A man diagnosed with dengue is seen inside a mosquito net at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in Dhaka on Jul 31, 2019. FILE PHOTO/SAZZAD HOSSAIN

The government’s health department has confirmed 11 more deaths caused by dengue taking the official death toll to 93 so far, this year.
The Emergency Service and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Thursday (Oct 10) that a total of 242 death cases were forwarded to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Its death review committee confirmed 11 more seven deaths on Thursday.
Meanwhile, as many as 316 hospitalised with dengue-related fever across Bangladesh in the last 24 hours till 8am on Thursday.
Of them 91 new patients were admitted in Dhaka and 225 in districts outside Dhaka, the DGHS's Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room said in a statement.
The number of patients currently undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals in the country was 1,294, it added.
As many as 452 patients were currently receiving treatment in 41 government and private hospitals in Dhaka, whereas 842 people were undergoing treatment outside Dhaka, the DGHS data said.
Since Jan 1 till Oct 10, as many as 91,115 people have been affected by dengue.
Among those admitted, a total of 89,579 have been released from their respective hospitals and clinics after treatment.
In Bangladesh, dengue infection was first identified in 2000 when at least 93 people died and 5,551 were hospitalised.
A viral infection, dengue causes flu-like symptoms, including piercing headaches, muscle and joint pains, fever and full body rashes.
Of the millions of people infected with dengue every year worldwide, an estimated 500,000 develop severe symptoms requiring hospitalization, and of those some 12,500 people die, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).