Bangladesh reports record dengue deaths in 2022
by NewsDesk Lord, save her
Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) ended 2022 with 281 dengue-related deaths reported, handily breaking the previous record of deaths in 2019 when 179 deaths were recorded.
260 deaths were recorded from September to December alone with more than 100 deaths in November.
DGHS figures show that 173 of the deaths (61%) were in Dhaka while 108 were outside Dhaka. After Dhaka, the Chhatguram division has recorded 69 deaths.
Officials saw 62,382 cases of dengue requiring hospitalization, the second highest number since records were kept starting in 2000. Of that total, 39,220 cases, or 63%, were reported in Dhaka.
In 2019, Bangladesh saw more than 100,000 hospitalizations for dengue, a record that still stands to this day.
Dengue fever is a painful and debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. It causes a flu-like illness, sometimes with fatal complications. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the past 50 years globally.