RAWALPINDI: Deadly dengue fever in Rawalpindi has got out of control as the number of patients related to the disease has reached near 2000 raising fears of an uncontrollable dengue outbreak.
In the past 24 hours, 51 patients have been admitted in several hospitals whereas eight have fallen prey to the disease.
Five days earlier, over 160 cases surfaced in the metropolis, raising the number of such patients.
Dengue virus outbreak in Karachi has also worsened as this year’s death toll from the viral disease has reached to six.
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.
Meanwhile, dengue virus in Multan has also intensified as atleast 273 patients have been admitted in various government hospitals among which 128 have been confirmed of having the virus.
Incumbent Health Ministry revealed that uncontrolled dengue virus has targeted dozens of people so far whereas more cases are also likely to be surfaced.
The local government has strictly directed people to take precautionary measures to restrict further number of patients.
Anti-dengue campaign was also launched in Punjab but no significant results were taken. Keeping in view the current dengue outbreak, ministers have geared up and have started preparing further strategies in this regard.
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.