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Dengue Cases in Karachi Rise to 247

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Pic24-008 ISLAMABAD: Oct24- A worker of Metropolitan Corporation is busy in anti-dengue spray at Sector G-7 on Water Plantation Plant in federal capital. ONLINE PHOTO by Sunny Ghouri

247 new dengue cases reported in Karachi

The dengue outbreak continues unabated in Sindh. As many as 247 new cases have emerged in Karachi in the last 24 hours.

The outbreak is turning into an epidemic

This month, the number of cases in the city has crossed 5,000. At least 5,137 cases have been reported in the city and 5,490 in the province so far, according to the officials.

The total number of cases has reached 8,707 in Sindh, out of which 8,181 are from Karachi. Twenty-two people have died of the disease in the city this year.

Cases reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Meanwhile, the health authorities on Monday confirmed that as many as 82 new cases of dengue fever were detected during the last 24 hours across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to Dengue Response Unit, the number of positive cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has soared to 6,350. The officials said that 25 new cases were reported in Peshawar.

The DRU further said that 114 dengue patients were under treatment in various hospitals in the province. The authorities further said that 6,236 patients of mosquito-borne fever have been discharged from the hospitals after proper treatment.

The disease

Key facts

  • It is a mosquito-borne viral infection.
  • The infection causes a flu-like illness and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.
  • The global incidence of the disease has grown dramatically in recent decades. About half of the world’s population is now at risk.
  • Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.
  • Severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries.
  • There is no specific treatment for dengue/ severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1%.
  • Dengue prevention and control depends on effective vector control measures.

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