No let-up in dengue spread; toll 29

ISLAMABAD - The dengue fever has killed two more people and the death toll has reached 29 besides affecting over 5,000 others across the country. According to the recent updates regarding the fast spread of dengue fever the number of infected patients is continuously rising steadily and during the past few days it has jumped from 3,664 to 5059. According to the break-up, 17 people have succumbed to the dengue virus in Sindh alone where 2,356 patients have been declared positive. The number of patients in Punjab has reached 1,885, in Rawalpindi there are 384 patients and in Capital 232 people have been reported suffering from dengue fever with two deaths in each city. Despite the rising death toll in dengue viral fever which is caused by a unique species of mosquito Aedes that thrives on stagnant fresh water, the PIMS spokesman when contacted sounded optimistic saying Dont be scared even if the test comes out positive unless it has complications. Dengue was first recognised in 1780s simultaneously in Asia, Africa and North America and is found in some 100 countries around the world. This life threatening disease is also known as Break- bone fever that got its name from symptoms in which patients feel that all bones in the body are cracked from head to toe, besides vomiting, skin rashes and other symptoms.

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