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Dengue Crisis Intensifies Death Toll Hits 1500 in Dhaka, Bangladesh


Dengue Crisis Intensifies Death Toll Hits 1500 in Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Dengue Crisis Intensifies Death Toll Hits 1500 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

In a distressing development, an additional 12 individuals have succumbed to dengue fever, bringing the November death toll to 148 and the year's total to a heartbreaking 1,496. The gravity of the situation is exemplified by the surge in hospital admissions, with 1,470 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, according to a recent statement from the Directorate of Health.

Dhaka, the capital city, is grappling with a substantial burden, witnessing 319 new admissions, while hospitals outside Dhaka report a concerning 1,151 new cases. The Department of Health reports that this year alone, 295,042 individuals have been admitted to hospitals for dengue, with 104,227 cases in Dhaka and 190,815 cases outside the capital.

The severity of the ongoing outbreak is underscored by the highest number of deaths recorded in September (396) and October (359) of this year. Notably, dengue-related fatalities have been reported in every month except March.

Looking back at historical data, a significant dengue outbreak occurred in 2000, resulting in 93 fatalities. In 2019, just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, another large-scale outbreak affected the country, with 1,101,354 infections and 179 deaths.

According to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR), the cumulative dengue-related death toll from 2000 to 2022 is 868. However, this year's statistics have surpassed all previous records, both in terms of hospitalizations and fatalities.

As the nation faces this unprecedented public health crisis, there is an urgent call for collective action. Heightened public awareness, robust preventive measures, and collaborative efforts among healthcare authorities and communities are paramount. The situation demands immediate attention to curb the impact of this Aedes mosquito-borne disease and safeguard the well-being of the population.

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