Islamabad reports 24 new dengue cases

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The federal capital has reported 24 new dengue fever cases during the past 24 hours on Sunday.

According to the district health officer (DHO), 24 patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever were reported in rural and urban areas of Islamabad. The DHO said that 18 cases were reported from rural areas and eight from urban areas of Islamabad.

Nineteen people have died of the mosquito-borne disease in the current season so far. Overall 4,509 dengue fever patients were reported so far.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is common in warm, tropical climates and often peaks during rainy seasons, states the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Once bitten by a dengue-infected mosquito, the virus takes four-10 days to affect the body. Its symptoms can be mild, similar to the common flu.

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