Dengue fever on rise countrywide

KARACHI: Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, is on the rise and claiming more lives.

According to Media reports, two more dengue patient died in Karachi taking the toll to 15 in 2010 only, while 86 more admitted to the hospitals in the last 24 hours.

While in lahore At least 130 patients have been confirmed to be infected with the virus in last 24 hours, and one each in Okara and Sialkot. The number of patients in Punjab has reached to 735 from which 627 were from Lahore.

In Matiari, a minor, 5 year old Nimra died today. Dengue cases have also been reported from Hyderabad, Shahdadpur, Mir Pur Khas and Sukkur.

WHO regional figures show there were 212,988 dengue cases with 674 deaths in 2008, increasing to 242,424 cases and 785 deaths last year. There have been 204,759 cases with 831 deaths so far this year.

Standing water attracts dengue-carrying mosquitoes, it has been told.

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