10 dead, over 2,000 hit by dengue in Pakistan
Islamabad, Sep 9: A recent outbreak of dengue fever in Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab has led to the death of at least 10 people and affected 2,256 others, an official report said Friday.
About 300 people took blood tests Thursday and around 200 of them were found to be dengue-affected, Xinhua reported citing statistics released by the National Institute of Health.
Dengue, spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito, has been endemic in Pakistan for the last few years. It occurs mostly after the rainy season in July-August when pools of stagnant water serve as ideal mosquito breeding spots.
According to the statistics, there have been 2,256 confirmed cases of dengue in Punjab, 130 in Islamabad and neighbouring city Rawalpindi. In southern Sindh province and northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, there have been 170 and 18 cases respectively, including one death in each province.
Health experts said that lack of in-depth study on this subject was the main reason why dengue breaks out in Pakistan every year.
An official on condition of anonymity revealed that the government did not expect the disease would break out in 2011 and took no precautionary measures.
Muhammad Aslam Khan, a Pakistani adviser at the World Health Organisation (WHO), said: "These sprays cannot kill dengue. Officials will have to adopt the right method to deal with dengue, first identifying and then spraying the WHO recognized chemicals at the places where mosquitoes carrying dengue lay eggs."
Lastupdate on : Fri, 9 Sep 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 9 Sep 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 10 Sep 2011 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM SOUTH ASIA
Srinagar, Sep 9: Jammu and Kashmir government has filed an affidavit in the High Court in response to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) petition over a piece of 17-kanal land which the later is refusing More
- Srinagar City
2500 kanals land required for 1800 pounds, recurring expenditure Rs 98 Cr: SMC
Srinagar, Sep 9: Stray dogs seem to be a fortunate lot in Srinagar as their “rehabilitation” will come up at a whopping cost of around Rs 1000 crore. The expenditure on construction of pounds is expected More
Police register murder case
SYED AMJAD SHAH
Jammu, Sep 9: Jammu and Kashmir police have registered a murder case against a woman for allegedly killing her minor child with the help of her paramour. The inquest proceeding initiated by the police More
- South Asia
Islamabad, Sep 9: A recent outbreak of dengue fever in Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab has led to the death of at least 10 people and affected 2,256 others, an official report said Friday. About More
Lyon, Sep 9: World police body Interpol today called for the arrest of fugitive former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for his alleged crimes against humanity, following a request by the International Criminal More