Dengue claims another life in Karachi, toll reaches six

KARACHI: Dengue virus outbreak in Karachi has worsened as one more person fell prey to it on Friday, taking this year’s death toll from the viral disease to three.

The 20-year-old victim Abdul Gafoor was a resident of Mawach Goth and was admitted to the hospital in a precarious condition.

According to Dengue Prevention and Control Programme’s manager Dr Masood Solangi, number of dengue related cases is rising day by day and in a span of only four days 86 people have tested positive to the virus.

The authorities have confirmed 2300 dengue cases so far in Karachi this year.

Multan outbreak

Meanwhile, dengue virus in Multan has also intensified as atleast 273 patients were admitted in various government hospitals among which 128 have been confirmed of having the virus.

Over 122 patients belong to Multan whereas four are from Muzaffargarh and one each is from Khanewal and Dera Gazi Khan.

During the past 24 hours, atleast 31 patients on suspicion of containing the virus were admitted in Nishtar hospital of which 29 have been shifted to different wards whereas two have been moved to high dependency unit.

Dengue virus has heightened in Multan, creating fear among the natives as more than 128 patients were tested positive.

The local government has strictly directed people to take precautionary measures to restrict further number of patients.

An uncontrolled dengue virus has also targeted a number of people in various cities including Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Lahore and other cities.

On the orders of CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif anti-dengue campaign was launched in the province but no significant results were taken.

CM Punjab had directed the administration to remain alert over dengue virus across Punjab.

In a statement issued from Lahore, CM Punjab ordered to launch anti-dengue awareness campaign in the province and said that every department has to fulfill its duty to fight this virus.

He said that the authorities have been told to lodge FIR against the violators especially tyre shops owners.

There is no treatment for dengue, which causes symptoms including fever, severe joint pain, headaches and bleeding.

About half the world s population is at risk from the mosquito-borne disease, which sickens about 100 million people every year, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

People have been advised to use mosquito nets and insect repellents and to avoid storing water in open pots where the larvae can breed. NNI

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