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Dengue fever: 15 dead, 2,950 hospitalised in a day

As dengue cases continue to rise, hospitals in the capital are struggling with the mounting pressure of patients.

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At least 15 more people died from dengue in 24 hours preceding 8:00am today as the country grapples with a record outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease.

Of the 15 deaths, eight were reported in the capital.

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At least 2,950 dengue patients were hospitalised in the 24-hour period, according to data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Dengue has so far claimed at least 958 lives this year and nearly 1,96,831 were infected, making this the deadliest year since the first recorded epidemic in 2000.

According to DGHS data, 9,697 dengue patients were undergoing treatment at different hospitals across the country.

A total of 1,85,906 patients have so far been released from hospitals across the country this year.

There is no vaccine or drug that specifically treats dengue, which is common in South Asia during the June-to-September monsoon season when the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the carrier of the deadly virus, thrives in stagnant water.