The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Dhaka reported three additional dengue related deaths on July 1, bringing the country total to 50 in the first half of the year (34 in June alone).
Most of the dengue patients who died this year suffered from dengue hemorrhagic fever, with shock syndrome being attributed as the cause of their deaths, the DGHS said.
The country logged 281 dengue deaths in 2022 – the highest on record after 179 deaths recorded in 2019.
So far in 2023, officials report 8,248 dengue cases, including nearly 6,000 in June alone).
On Wednesday, bdnews24 reported a health directorate survey has found the larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in 18 percent of homes in Dhaka, while the presence of the dengue disease-spreading mosquitoes in 5 percent of homes is considered risky.
Experts at the Directorate General of Health Services fear a further uptick in dengue cases this year. Startled by the result of the recent study, surveyors feared that the dengue epidemic this year was likely to hit the country much harder than it has ever before.
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