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Karachi Worst Affected As Dengue Crisis Hits Pakistan

KARACHI/LAHORE: Cases of dengue are increasing across the country as the highest number of cases reported from Karachi.

A spokesperson of the anti-dengue programme said that the highest number of cases having been reported from Karachi’s western area which was followed by the southern and central districts.

The port city’s eastern district ranked fourth on the list of worst dengue affected areas, followed by Korangi and Malir.

The spokesperson said that the number of dengue victims had risen above 2,000 in Karachi, while around eight people have died from the disease in the city in the current year.

Meanwhile, the number of people infected with dengue virus has exceeded 1,600 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

A provincial health departments report showed that there are 61 confirmed cases of dengue in Peshawar.

According to the report, nine dengue cases have been reported in Abbottabad, nine in Buttagram, five in Haripur, eight in Mansehra, while 10 cases have been reported in Swat and four in Mardan.

In addition, 12 dengue cases have been reported in Shangla, three in Buner and one in Lakki Marwat.

In the last 24 hours, around 208 dengue cases have been reported in Punjab, including Islamabad.

According to a report by the Punjab Health Department, around 116 confirmed cases have been identified in Rawalpindi, at least 76 in Islamabad and 45 in Lahore.

It further stated that the number of people infected with dengue virus in Punjab have increased to 1,869.

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