27 fall victim to dengue in Karachi in first week of Oct


KARACHI: At least 27 people have been infected with dengue virus during the first week of October in the metropolis, it was reported on Thursday.

According to anti-dengue cell in-charge Dr Abdul Rasheed, at least two people died of the disease in the said duration following which the number of those who succumbed to dengue this year rose to nine.

Around 1,300 people affected by the virus were admitted to hospitals, said the anti-dengue cell in-charge in Karachi, adding that children and women are also among those affected.

The most severe dengue outbreak has been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s provincial capital Peshawar, where 40 people succumbed to the deadly disease this year.

Moreover, 1,114 people from different districts of KP had their blood tested. Out of them, 249 were found out to be affected with the dengue virus.

Chikungunya too has turned into a bigger threat in Karachi, as only in one month alone, 67 people fell victim to the disease in September.

According to Director Health Karachi Dr Shakoor Abbasi, people should use precautions to prevent dengue or limit any possibility of mosquito breeding.