NIH confirms 1,141 cases of dengue fever

ISLAMABAD During the dengue fever spree in the country this year, the National Institute of Health (NIH) has tested as many as 1141 cases positive and of them eight patients had reported died. Total 167 suspected cases were reported in the Capital and out of which 38 were tested positive whereas so far one death has been confirmed. So far, NIH received blood samples of 2553 dengue-suspected patients and out of which 1141 have been declared positive. Sindh has the highest toll of confirmed dengue fever patients, as total of 989 cases were confirmed positive of 1971 blood samples and the death toll has reached 5. Punjab is next after Sindh as the number of positive cases has reached 72 with one death. Total suspected cases registered from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are 128 of which 41 were tested positive. And the reported suspected cases in Azad Jammu Kashmir are 13 with one patient testing positive who later died. The large number of dengue patients tested positive speaks volumes of the efficiency and competency of the concern health authorities to deal with the deadly disease. Despite the Governments tall claims of controlling dengue fever, the numbers of dengue victims are being increasing as compared to the previous years. The deadly viral disease dengue fever regularly occurs almost every year but still the authorities have failed to come up with any comprehensive preventive plan to tackle the fatal disease. According to health experts the dengue fever is caused by the bite of a female mosquito. The mosquito transmits the disease by biting a person after biting an infected person. Dengue virus having no proper cure, can only be avoided by adopting precautionary measures. Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illness, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhage fever. With dengue hemorrhage fever, the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, and gums. Bruising can be a sign of bleeding inside the body. The time between the bite of a mosquito carrying dengue virus and the start of symptoms averages 4 to 6 days, with a range of 3 to 14 days. An infected person cannot spread the infection to other persons but can be a source of dengue virus for mosquitoes for about 6 days, however the mosquito that causes the disease dies as the winter approaches.

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