Dengue fever is spreading to the extent of an epidemic in Pakistan as 41,746 cases have already been reported by sources across the country.
The mosquito-borne viral disease spreads with the bite of a mosquito, A.aegypti, which when worsened can even cause death.
Symptoms include extremely high fever, racking pain in the back of the eyes, body aches, and rashes. Water serves as a friendly host for the mosquito, hence the condition has worsened in Pakistan as the country is already hit by flash floods. Three major provinces- Punjab, Sindh, and KPK are majorly affected by the disease.
The Ministry of Health Pakistan, in a detailed report, confirmed that:
“41,746 mosquito-borne diseases have been reported this year. In the last four days, 4194 dengue virus cases and six deaths have been reported across the country. This year, the dengue virus has claimed 84 deaths, most of them reported from flood-hit Sindh province. This year, 12,947 dengue cases have been reported in Sindh with 43 deaths, according to sources.”
Further, reports from the federal capital confirm 123 new cases, while the number reached 98 in Rawalpindi.
The condition reported in Sindh remains not behind as the Sindh Health Department confirmed another 247 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the monthly figure to 2,193.
Keeping in view the danger of the disease, the Ministry of National Health services regulation and coordination has also issued the guidelines on their official website.
The life-threatening disease can be prevented by using insect repellents, especially in the evening, on the exposed body parts, draining the standing water, closing the windows without nets, and, if any of the symptoms appear, seeking medical consultation as early as possible.