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Pakistan: Dengue fever grips Karachi01:11

Pakistan: Dengue fever grips Karachi

Pakistan, Karachi
August 29, 2013 at 20:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pakistan: Dengue fever grips Karachi

Dengue fever has hit Karachi and the surrounding region hard in recent weeks. Hospitals in the city have established special wards to care for Dengue fever cases on a daily and emergency basis. A total of 841 Dengue cases have been reported in Sindh province so far, with most cases reported in Karachi. Transmitted by the bite of the female mosquito, Dengue fever has claimed 10 lives in Karachi so far this year. Their average age: 33.

Dr. Anwar Suhail, Deputy Medical Superintendent Abbassi Shaheed Hospital Karachi spoke of his hospital's experience, saying: “In Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, near about 121 patients have been reported from the season start and we treated all of them and only 2 patients were expired in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.”

Officials and health experts fear more casualties in the absence of an effective control programme, especially since the monsoon season is still not over.

According to the World Health Organisation, dengue is the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease, infecting an estimated 50 to 100 million people worldwide every year.

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Pakistan: Dengue fever grips Karachi

Dengue fever has hit Karachi and the surrounding region hard in recent weeks. Hospitals in the city have established special wards to care for Dengue fever cases on a daily and emergency basis. A total of 841 Dengue cases have been reported in Sindh province so far, with most cases reported in Karachi. Transmitted by the bite of the female mosquito, Dengue fever has claimed 10 lives in Karachi so far this year. Their average age: 33.

Dr. Anwar Suhail, Deputy Medical Superintendent Abbassi Shaheed Hospital Karachi spoke of his hospital's experience, saying: “In Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, near about 121 patients have been reported from the season start and we treated all of them and only 2 patients were expired in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.”

Officials and health experts fear more casualties in the absence of an effective control programme, especially since the monsoon season is still not over.

According to the World Health Organisation, dengue is the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease, infecting an estimated 50 to 100 million people worldwide every year.