The severity of dengue infection continues to be high even as winter is here, which is otherwise a lean season for the disease.
With just 10 days remaining in November, the number of dengue cases has surpassed the three lakh mark this year. Contrary to the usual trend of declining cases with the onset of winter, the addition of 1,291 new cases brings the total for the year to 3,01,255.
While the country is already grappling with its worst dengue outbreak recorded, the current rainfall due to cyclone Midhili is likely to see the outbreak linger even longer, according to experts.
Twenty-four dengue patients died in the last 24 hours till 8:00am yesterday, the highest number of single-day casualties from the mosquito-borne disease in the country, taking the death toll past the 1,500-mark this year.
Though winter is knocking at the door, the dengue outbreak still continues to ravage the country, with most infections now being recorded outside Dhaka.
A shockingly small amount of the solid waste, produced by cities and municipalities across the country, are being recycled, according to a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics survey.
Dengue has emerged as a year-round threat in recent years, in contrast to the common understanding that the mosquito-borne fever occurs mainly during the monsoon.