LAHORE    -   The number of dengue fever cases is ris­ing in Punjab as 401 new cases were re­ported on Friday while one citizen lost his life due to the virus in Lahore. 

According to the health department, a total of 6378 cases of dengue virus were reported so far during the current year while 9 people died of the virus and 997 patients were under treatment in differ­ent hospitals of the province.

The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department reported 174 cases of dengue in Lahore, 115 in Rawal­pindi, 41 in Gujranwala, 16 in Multan, 9 in Faisalabad, 7 in Sargodha, 5 each in Khanewal and Attock, 4 in Dera Ghazi Khan, 3 each in Sialkot and Vehari, 2 in Sahiwal, 2 in Gujrat, 2 in Bahawalpur, 2 in Muzaffargarh, 2 in Rajanpur, 2 in Toba Tek Singh, one in Sheikhupura, one in Jhelum, one in Nankana Sahib, one in Hafizabad, one in Lodhran, one in Narow­al and a case of dengue was reported in Rahim Yar Khan during the last 24 hours till filing this news. All suspected cases of dengue were kept in surveillance and their tests were being conducted. The an­ti-dengue squad killed dengue larvae at 2381 places in the province as the teams conducted surveillance at 378,040 in­door and 91,950 outdoor places to detect dengue larvae during the last 24 hours in different places. The P&SHD urged the people to adopt precautionary measures and keep their environment clean and dry to protect themselves from dengue.