By NewsDesk @bactiman63

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Bangladesh reported 252 additional dengue fever hospitalizations, bringing the total this year to 9,857 cumulative cases.

Dhaka image by Alit Saha from Pixabay

Of the 252 cases reported today, 202 are from the capital city of Dhaka. All month, Bangladesh has reported in excess of 200 cases per day.

DGHS reported one additional dengue related death, bringing the total to 42 year-to-date.

Researchers at the Bangladesh Science and Industry Research Council (BCSIR) noted the majority of dengue infections in Dhaka this year are the dengue virus serotype 3 (DENV-3), the strain that triggered the 2019 dengue outbreak.

BCSIR performed genome sequencing on 20 samples of the virus from a hospital and all of them were DENV-3.

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Saif Ullah Munshi, head of the Virology Department at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), said, “Last year, most dengue infections in the country were caused by DENV-1 and DENV-2 serotypes. But this year, most of the infections appear to be caused by DENV-3. This strain was first identified in the country in 2017.”

“Former DENV-1 and DENV- 2 patients are suffering from critical conditions when re-infected with DENV-3, and that’s why there are more deaths this year,” he said.