LAHORE - Around 73 new cases of dengue virus were reported in Punjab on Sunday while a death was caused by the virus.

According to the Health Department, a total of 1,002 dengue virus cases have been reported so far during the current year while three people died of the virus and 229 patients are under treatment in different hospitals of the province.

The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department reported 28 dengue cases in Rawalpindi, 34 in Lahore, two each in Multan and Sialkot, and one each in Chakwal, Layyah, Okara, Narowal, Toba Tek Singh, Bahawalnagar and Gujranwala during the last 24 hours. All suspected dengue virus cases are under surveillance and their tests are being conducted, a spokesperson said. The anti-dengue squad, under the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD), killed dengue larvae at 645 places in the province during daily surveillance.

A total of 1,002 dengue virus cases have been reported so far during the current year

The anti-dengue squad conducted surveillance at 332,784 indoor and 79,271 outdoor places to detect dengue larvae during the last 24 hours. The P&SHD urged people to adopt precautionary measures and keep their environment clean and dry to protect themselves from dengue.

Livestock dept starts dengue surveillance at farms

The Livestock Department has started dengue surveillance activities at dairy farms, offices and sheds of animals across the province. According to official sources here on Sunday, surveillance had been initiated as per the directions of the Punjab Livestock Secretary M Malik Bhulla. The secretary said, “Protection of lives of people is highly important for us and cooperation of people is also vital to control the spread of dengue.” Malik Bhulla said that SOPs must be implemented to stay safe from dengue.