DHAKA, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The number of dengue cases has risen to 63,514 cases, with 169 deaths reported in Bangladesh, a state agency reported Sunday.
In its dengue monitoring report released on Sunday, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) under the Ministry of Health said after reviewing 80 deaths the government's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed 47 dengue deaths so far. "A total of 169 suspected dengue deaths were reported in the IEDCR," mentioned the DGHS report.
It, however, said 1,299 fresh dengue cases were reported in the 24 hours till 8:00 a.m. local time Sunday.
According to DGHS, 57,405 more dengue cases were recorded so far this month as compared to 10,148 cases and 26 deaths in the country last year.
The Bangladeshi government has asked state agencies for more coordinated efforts to rein in the outbreak of the disease which is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the genus Aedes.
The first case of mosquito-borne viral infection was reported in Bangladesh in 2000, and some 100 people died from the disease in 2000-2003.