10-year-old dengue patient dies in Karachi

KARACHI: Another dengue patient, a 10 year-old, died in Karachi today (Tuesday) taking the death toll to two.
According to details, the deceased was a resident of Orangi Town and was admitted to the hospital on May 22 following a high grade fever. The doctors stated that the minor died while undergoing a medical treatment at the hospital.
On the other hand, chief of Dengue pre vaccination and control program Dr. Shakeel verified the death of the child and revealed that as many as 43 dengue patients are still under treatment in Karachi, escalating the toll to 360.
Earlier, this year’s first death from dengue occurred at Allied Hospital in Faisalabad where a 29-year-old victim named Muhammad Anees succumbed to the deadly virus.
The patient was a resident of Ghulam Muhammadabad area and was admitted to the hospital few days ago.
Dengue fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes and is a global public health concern. There is no vaccine for the virus, which kills an estimated 20,000 people each year and infects up to 100 million, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Some experts, however, say the number of people infected each year could be more than the three times the WHO estimate.
The current approach to curbing the dengue is fumigation of sites where mosquitoes carrying the disease breed.