Extended Monsoon Seasons and Global Warming Amplify Dengue Threat in South Asia

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The dengue outbreak in the region has taken a grave toll, with the death toll surpassing 700 this year. In the last 24 hours alone, 15 more patients have succumbed to the viral fever.

According to the Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS), a total of 706 dengue patients have lost their lives this year, with 113 of those fatalities occurring in the first eight days of the current month. Among these, 11 deaths occurred in Dhaka, while four were reported outside the capital.

During the same 24-hour period, 1,876 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across the country, as reported by the health directorate. Among them, 842 were admitted to various hospitals in Dhaka, with the remaining 1,125 being treated outside the capital.

The month of August has seen the highest number of cases and fatalities this year, with a staggering 71,976 reported cases and 342 deaths attributed to dengue.

This year’s dengue death toll has already surpassed the previous record of 281 deaths in 2022. Prior to that, 2019 had 179 dengue-related deaths, 2020 recorded seven, and 2021 reported 105 fatalities due to the disease.

The dengue outbreak remains a pressing public health concern, demanding concerted efforts to control and mitigate its impact.

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