Major hospitals of federal capital Tuesday confirmed admitting several patients with dengue-like symptoms.
According to hospitals sources, the blood samples of these patients were sent to laboratories for investigation and they will be shifted to separate wards on receiving their test reports. They said that routine medicines were being given to these patients and they were satisfied with the treatment being provided to them.
Considering that situation, medical experts have advised the citizens to take special preventive measures to avoid dengue virus. They said citizens should properly dispose of the solid waste and stop water storage practices at their residences to prevent access to egg-laying female mosquitoes.
Dr Sharif Astori from Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) said that dengue is a mosquito-borne infection, which in recent years has become a major public health concern. He said dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. He added the spread of dengue is attributed to expanding geographic distribution of the four dengue viruses and of their mosquito vectors, the most important of which is the predominantly urban species aedes aegypti.
He said after virus incubation for eight to ten days, an infected mosquito is capable, during probing and blood feeding, of transmitting the virus to susceptible individuals for the rest of its life. He said the virus circulates in the blood of infected humans for two to seven days, at approximately the same time as they suffer from fever. He added the clinical features of dengue fever vary according to the age of the patient.