By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Bangladesh Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) is reporting more than 70,000 dengue cases through the first eight months of 2019.

According to the latest numbers, 70,195 dengue cases were reported through Aug. 31– with the bulk of the cases seen in three months–51,734 in August, 16,253 in July and 1,884 in June.

While the numbers are striking, it does appear to be slowing a little. For the first time in a month, less than 10,000 cases were reported in a single week and yesterday saw “only” 700-plus cases, compared to the 2,000-plus cases reported in a single day just a few short weeks ago.

The official death toll stands at 57, while hospital and media estimates put it well above 100.