Dengue cases in Rawalpindi soars to 125


RAWALPINDI: At least 125 patients in Rawalpindi were confirmed as dengue positive on Thursday.
At least 83 patients in Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hospital, 36 in Holy Family and six in Civil Hospital were confirmed of having the disease.
Health department has put the dengue patients toll at 1135.
Atleast 40 people were killed and overall 1400 were infected by the deadly disease last year.
Dengue fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes and is a global public health concern. There is no vaccine available in Pakistan for the virus, which kills an estimated 20,000 people each year and infects up to 100 million across the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
There is no treatment for dengue, which causes symptoms including fever, severe joint pain, headaches and bleeding.
About half the world’s population is at risk from the mosquito-borne disease, which sickens about 100 million people every year, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
People have been advised to use mosquito nets and insect repellents and to avoid storing water in open pots where the larvae can breed.


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