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Earlier in 2019, there had been 69 dengue patients in this hospital in a single day. This record was broken today, Friday.

The spread of dengue began to increase in the first week of August. In the second week it began to fall. Then in the third week the number of dengue patients shot up again.

Among the government hospitals in Dhaka, a higher number of dengue patients are being admitted to Mitford Hospital in Old Dhaka and Shishu Hospital in Shyamoli.

According to the health directorate's Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room, between 1 January this year and yesterday, Thursday, 7251 dengue cases had been detected in the country. Of them, 1238 were admitted to hospital in Friday. And among them, 1148 were admitted to hospitals in the capital city.

This year 31 persons had died of dengue.

In 2019 dengue had taken on alarming proportions. According to the Directorate General Health Services (DGHS), over 100,000 persons had contracted dengue that year. Official records state 179 died of dengue that year. Unofficial records put this number at 300.

Dengue is a virus fever spread by the Aedes mosquito.

Experts say that 90 per cent of the dengue in Bangladesh is spread by the home and urban-based Aedes Aegypti mosquito. And 5 to 10 per cent is spread by the Aedes Albopictus, known as the Asian Tiger mosquito. This mosquito exists in all villages of Bangladesh.

Experts say that mosquito control requires research. It must be determined what different insecticides kill these different species of mosquitoes. The species and behaviourial patterns of the mosquitoes also determine how these are to be controlled.

Today, in these circumstances, World Mosquito Day is being observed.

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