— 32 dead, 7105 infected with Dengue
By Hina Kiyani
ISLAMABAD: Dengue fever is on a rapid rise in parts of the country as 150 patients have been admitted to Islamabad’s Polyclinic Hospital, 350 to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Hospital and 150 to CDA Hospital.
Health department sources on Tuesday said that 129 people have been affected by the disease during 24 hours in Rawalpindi where the total number of sufferers has surged to 7,105. Dengue has killed 32 people so far. Eight new dengue cases have been reported in Lahore, taking the number to 218.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 87 persons were tested positive for dengue fever in past 24 hours and the total number of affectees has surged to 4,522. Twenty-two patients were affected by the disease in Peshawar where 2,080 patients have suffered so far. 70 more patients were admitted to hospitals across the province in 24 hours. Dengue has also gone out of control in Sindh where over four thousand people have been tested positive.
It is pertinent to mention here that Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in all regions of WHO in recent years. Dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Ae. albopictus. This mosquito also transmits chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika infection. Dengue is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature and unplanned rapid urbanization.