By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In an update from the beginning of the month, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) now reports 81,839 cases through Sept. 16.

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Through the first half of September, 10,742 dengue cases have been reported, a decrease from August’s record month.

The officials death toll stands at 68, however, the unofficial death toll from the disease is 148.

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While more cases have been seen in Dhaka than outside the city this year, local media report the number of hospitalized dengue patients yesterday was around three times higher outside Dhaka than in Dhaka.

Bangladesh experts believe the growing number of dengue cases outside Dhaka may be due to another mosquito vector–Aedes albopictus, aka the Asian tiger mosquito.