KARACHI: A woman suffering from dengue fever in the Nazimabad neighborhood died on Wednesday.
She had been admitted to a private hospital and was being treated for the infection, according to hospital authorities. She was 26 years old.
So far this year, 41 people have died of dengue in Sindh. In the last 24 hours, more than 151 people have been diagnosed with the disease in Karachi.
This country-wide toll has exceeded 50,000.
The World Health Organisation has included dengue in the top 10 global public health threats to the world.
In the Philippines, as many as 322,693 people were infected by dengue this year and 1,272 of them had died. In Sri Lanka, 234,078 cases had been reported with over 100 deaths. In Thailand, 146,000 cases with 89 deaths, Vietnam 124,751 cases by Sept 26, Malaysia 104,950 cases with 204 deaths by Oct 13, and Bangladesh 122,136 cases with 104 deaths.
According to the data of Pan American Health Organisation, Brazil 2.04 million cases of dengue with 676 deaths were reported till Oct 23, Mexico 181,625 cases with 89 deaths till Oct 30, Nicaragua 142,740 cases with 26 deaths, Colombia 101,129 cases with 69 deaths and Honduras 86,705 cases with 148 deaths.
It is pertinent to mention that dengue is spread by the mosquito bite and patients face deficiency of platelets due to which transfusion of platelets is required as patient’s blood does not have the normal clotting ability. If timely treatment is not provided, the disease may turn into life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever. Fever may lead to bleeding, low levels of platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome — a dangerously low blood pressure.
Pakistan has experienced many dengue outbreaks since the first outbreak was observed in 1994. During the last two decades, two major outbreaks were reported in Pakistan — in 2005 in which over 6,000 cases with 52 deaths were reported from Karachi and in year 2011 in which more than 21,000 cases were reported from Lahore with 350 deaths.
Moreover, from 2011 to 2014 more than 48,000 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue were reported from across the country.