Bangladesh fears record high death toll from dengue outbreak

Dengue is causing threat and people are falling victim to it so rapidly throughout densely populated Bangladesh in this rainy season, leading to stress that the mosquito-borne disease could lead to a recorded number of deaths and infections for the second consecutive year. At least 201 people – more than half of them in the capital Dhaka – have lost their lives and more than 37,000 have become infected with the virus so far in 2023, according to official figures.

In 2022, the virus has taken away 281 lives, a record high since 2000 when the authorities started keeping a tally, and 62,423 people were infected, the figures revealed. Hospitals, mostly in Dhaka, are dealing a problem to discover space for the high caseload of patients dealing from high fever, joint pain and vomiting, health officials revealed the dreadful situation. There is no vaccine or drug that mainly helps dengue, which is ordinary in South Asia during the June-to-September monsoon season, as the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the disease thrives in stagnant water.