Incumbent health ministry expects more dengue patients in coming days.

MANSEHRA (Dunya News) – Mansehra on Thursday has topped as dengue cases escalated to more than 1700 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

According to sources, as many as 483 cases have been surfaced in Mansehra, 40 patients have been shifted to three hospitals in Peshawar, 421 in Abbotabad and 21 afectees have been landed in hospitals in Haripur so far. Malakand division has faced 331 dengue-hit cases, Swat 25, Lower Dir 13, 2 in Charsadda whereas one patient has been reportedly tested positive for the disease in each Upper Dir, Shangla and Kohat.

The local administration further prepared strategies to tackle the outbreak and directed the hospital staff to form isolation wards for the better treatment of dengue patients.

The number of dengue patients across Punjab has also reached 2500 as 150 new dengue patients landed in the government run hospitals in Rawalpindi.

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Incumbent health ministry revealed that uncontrolled dengue virus has targeted dozens of people so far whereas more cases are also likely to be surfaced.

Dengue virus was confirmed in fifty patients on Monday and another ninety dengue patients were admitted at various hospitals on Tuesday. According to the health department, most of the patients are children and women.

Dengue situation in Multan

Situation in Multan is getting out of control despite establishment of Dengue Control Centre at the DCO Office by the health department. Number of dengue patients in the city has reached 217.

Dengue is a disease of the tropics and is carried by the Aedes mosquito, which bites during the day. The mosquitoes usually breed in trapped rainwater.

The disease is a threat to nearly half of the world s population. Of the estimated 220 million people infected each year, two million mostly children in Latin America and Asia — develop a severe form called dengue hemorrhagic fever.

People have been advised to use mosquito nets and insect repellents and to avoid storing water in open pots where the larvae can breed as currently no cure or vaccine for dengue fever.