The record of last year's death toll due to dengue fever has broken as the cases of death from dengue have crossed last year's number so far this year. A total of 106 people died from dengue disease between January 1 and October 19 this year.
Seven dengue patients died while 864 patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country during the past 24 hours till 8am Wednesday.
"As many as 565 dengue patients were hospitalized in Dhaka city and 299 patients were admitted to hospitals outside Dhaka during the past 24 hours," a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.
"A total of 106 people died from dengue disease between January 1 and October 19. The first death from dengue was reported on June 21, this year," the daily statement of the DGHS said.
With the new cases, the total number of dengue patients this year rose to 27,802 while some 24,392 patients were released from the hospitals.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness. The outbreak of the disease is usually seasonal, peaking during and after rainy seasons.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies dengue as one of the top 10 threats to public health.