At the least 10 extra individuals died of dengue at present because the nation grapples with a document outbreak of mosquito-borne fever, with hospitals struggling to create space for sufferers.
Out of the ten deaths, 7 have been reported from Dhaka metropolis. At the least 2,764 dengue sufferers have been hospitalised in the course of the time, based on the Directorate Basic of Well being Providers (DGHS).
At the least 313 individuals have died up to now in 2023 and practically 66,732 contaminated, making this the deadliest yr for the reason that first recorded epidemic in 2000.
In line with DGHS figures, a complete of 9,343 dengue sufferers are present process remedy at totally different hospitals throughout the nation. A complete of 57,072 dengue sufferers have been launched so removed from hospitals throughout the nation this yr, it added.
Hospitals, particularly within the capital Dhaka, are struggling to seek out area for the big variety of sufferers struggling excessive fever, joint ache and vomiting, well being officers stated.
The federal government has launched initiatives to restrict the unfold of mosquito-borne illnesses, from consciousness campaigns to efforts to kill mosquito larvae following a spell of rains, officers stated.
There isn’t a vaccine or drug that particularly treats dengue, which is widespread in South Asia in the course of the June-to-September monsoon season when the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the lethal virus thrives in stagnant water.
Consultants stated they anticipate to get extra circumstances by August and September. This yr’s deaths already prime the earlier document of 281 from final yr.
Early detection and entry to correct medical care can scale back deaths to fewer than 1 % of victims.