Alarming rise in Dengue cases in City

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Amraiz Khan

The Provincial Capital is witnessing an alarming rise in dengue cases this month, sources in Health Department said on Friday.

According to the Punjab Health Department, the city has reported 118 new cases in the last three days after which the total number of cases in Punjab has risen to 339 in the current year so far.

There are more than 17,000 dengue larvae hotspots across the provincial metropolis and the highest number of cases were reported in Iqbal Town area. According to sources, there are over 20 dengue patients struggling for life in hospitals across the city.

In 2019, 39,000 dengue cases were reported in the provincial capital, while 17,000 cases were recorded in 2020.

According to experts, dengue does not have any specific precautionary methods, and the only way to prevent it is through the eradication of mosquitoes. The only way to stop their growing population is through a better system of cleanliness. The World Health Organisation has identified the following as symptoms of dengue.

They usually last between two to seven days. Severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and rashes are symptoms of Dengue fever.

There is, however, no specific treatment for dengue fever. Fever reducers and pain killers can be taken to control the symptoms of muscle aches and pains, and fever.

 

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