Bangladesh studies 2 extra dengue deaths

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Mosquito-borne dengue fever claimed the lives of two more people within 24 hours by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, bringing the official dengue death toll to 103 since January this year.

Another 50 dengue patients were hospitalized in the 24 hours, bringing the number of dengue cases in the hospital to 28,177 since January, according to a press release from the Directorate-General for Health Services.

Of the youngest fatalities, one died in Dhaka city and another in Mymensingh.

Of the newly hospitalized patients, 18 were hospitalized in Dhaka city and 32 elsewhere in the country.

The city of Dhaka alone accounts for 93 of the official dengue fatalities and 23,520 of the total hospital cases, according to DGHS data, which includes information from just 46 public and private health facilities in the city.

The Mymensingh division has reported four dengue deaths so far this year, the Chattogram and Khulna divisions two deaths each, and the Rajshahi and Barishal divisions one death each.

The directorate of health reported 34 dengue deaths, the highest in a month this year, in August, 23 deaths in September, 22 deaths in October, 12 deaths in July, 7 deaths in November and 5 in December.

The highest cases of dengue in a month this year were reported in September with 7,841 cases, followed by 7,698 cases in August, 5458 cases in October, 3567 cases in November, 2,286 cases in July and 955 in December.

Sporadic cases of dengue were also reported between January and June this year, as 372 people were hospitalized during that time while none of them died.

About 155 dengue patients, including 101 in Dhaka, were treated in public and private health facilities across the country on Sunday, the statement said.

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