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Over 9,000 cases of dengue reported in Bangladesh in September

Dengue patients receive treatment at a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sept. 28, 2022. (Xinhua)

The official data showed a total of 524 people were hospitalized for the mosquito-borne disease in the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Wednesday, the highest number in a single day so far this year.

DHAKA, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Over 9,000 fresh cases of dengue fever were reported in Bangladesh so far this month, resulting in the deaths of 34 people, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Wednesday.

The official data showed a total of 524 people were hospitalized for the mosquito-borne disease in the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m. local time Wednesday, the highest number in a single day so far this year.

According to the DGHS under the Ministry of Health, 373 people were diagnosed with dengue in Dhaka alone.

With the fresh infections reported Wednesday, the number of dengue cases in the country has surged to 9,165 so far this month, the DGHS said.

The fresh infection tally indicates the fast-rising trend of the Aedes-borne disease in the Bangladeshi capital city.

Dengue patients receive treatment at a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sept. 28, 2022. (Xinhua)

In August, 3,521 more dengue cases were recorded after 1,571 people were infected with the viral disease in July. According to the DGHS, the number of confirmed dengue cases in Bangladesh has reached 15,346 this year.

"While 34 deaths were reported in September, there was 11 deaths in August and 9 deaths in July," the DGHS said.

The June-September monsoon period is the season of dengue fever in Bangladesh, which is considered a high-risk nation for mosquito-borne diseases.

The country, with a population of about 165 million, is especially vulnerable to the virus because of insufficient biosecurity and deficient disease surveillance.

The Aedes mosquitos breed in stagnant water like water-filled containers.

In severe cases, dengue can cause joint pain, nausea, vomiting, rashes, breathing problems, hemorrhaging and organ failure. ■