First person dies of dengue this year in Punjab

FAISALABAD: This year’s first death from dengue occurred at Allied Hospital where a 29-year-old victim named Muhammad Anees succumbed to the deadly virus.


The patient was a resident of Ghulam Muhammadabad area and was admitted to the hospital few days ago.

Dengue fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes and is a global public health concern. There is no vaccine for the virus, which kills an estimated 20,000 people each year and infects up to 100 million, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Some experts, however, say the number of people infected each year could be more than the three times the WHO estimate.

The current approach to curbing the dengue is fumigation of sites where mosquitoes carrying the disease breed.