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Thursday, September 15, 2011

5,000 suspected Dengue fever cases reported across Pakistan

Via Xinhua :

" The government in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province Wednesday said it is struggling to control a growing Dengue fever epidemic as health officials said that suspected cases of dengue fever have now reached nearly 5000.

Doctors in Lahore, the capital of Punjab, said that three more people died in the city on Wednesday, taking death toll from Dengue fever to 17 in the past two months. Lahore is the most affected city with over 4,000 suspected cases.

Head of Lahore's Mayo hospital, Dr Zahid Pervez, said that nearly 800 people visited his hospital on Wednesday for test of the Dengue virus, adding that only 10 to 15 percent of the patients are tested positive. He said many people believe that they are suffering from Dengue fever because of widespread panic in Lahore, the city under the grip of the epidemic."

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