Dengue cases on rise in Lahore

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Punjab’s capital Lahore reported 115 new dengue cases, followed by the Rawalpindi city with 70 cases. The eastern Punjab province reported 280 new cases in the last 24 hours, the provincial health authorities said.

The number of dengue fever cases has continued to grow in Pakistan amid an outbreak due to floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains. In the last 24 hours, 306 more people were diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the provincial health department reported on Friday evening.

The number of active cases in the province currently stands at 1,881 and the total number of cases this year has reached 16,002. The southern Sindh prov-ince reported 302 new infections, said the provincial health department on Friday evening.

As many as 298 cases of dengue virus with two deaths were reported in Punjab during

the last 24 hours. According to health department sources, the two deaths were reported from Lahore.

A total of 12,974 cases of dengue virus were re-ported during the current year while 16 people died of virus and 1072 patients were un-der treatment in different hospitals of the province.

The Punjab Primary & Secondary Healthcare De-partment reported 143 cases of dengue in Lahore with highest number in the province while 52 cases were reported in Rawalpindi, 23 in Gujranwala, 34 in Multan, 06 in Kasur, 06 in Faisalabad, 10 in Sheikhupura, 03 in Sialkot, 03 in Muzaffargarh, 06 in Narowal, 01 in Pakpattan, 02 in Jhelum, 02 in Sahiwal, 02 in Vehari, 01 in Bahawalnagar, 01 in Jhang, 01 in Layyah, 01 in Rahimyar Khan and 01 case in Sargodha during the last 24 hours. All the suspected cases of dengue have been kept under surveillance and their tests were being conducted.

The anti-dengue squad of the Punjab Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) destroyed dengue larvae at 2807 places in the prov-ince during continuous daily based surveillance.

The anti-dengue squad conducted surveillance at 441,570 indoor and 112,560 outdoor places to detect dengue larvae during the last 24 hours.

The P&SHD urged the people to adopt precaution-ary measures and keep their environment clean and dry to protect themselves from dengue.

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