Dengue cases in Punjab surge; 5,000 positive cases, 16 dead

LAHORE: Punjab has recorded 5,133 cases of the dengue fever this year to date, while 16 people have died from the virus, as per the official data.

Of the cases reported in Punjab, a majority of 74% have been reported from the city of Lahore alone, notes the data of Punjab’s primary and secondary healthcare department.
In fact, in the last 24 hours, 231 dengue patients were recorded in the province, of which 146 were from Lahore, 39 from Rawalpindi, six from Sheikhupura, five from Nankana and Sargodha, amongst others.

Imran Sikander, the secretary of the primary and healthcare department, has advised citizens to avoid letting water accumulate in residential areas. He added that to date, across the province, health officials have inspected 421,151 indoor places to eradicate the
virus.

According to medical experts, once bitten by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, an infected person will experience flu-like symptoms, including high grade fever, maculopapular rash, headache, severe pain behind the eyes and also pain in joints and muscles.

There has been a sharp surge in the number of those who have fallen sick by the mosquito-borne virus in comparison to last year, especially after the monsoon season in the province.

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