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Friday, September 23, 2011

Pakistan : Dengue fever crisis in Pakistan deepens as deaths toll swells

Via Xinhua :

" Death toll from an epidemic of dengue fever, which has gripped Pakistan's most populous and eastern province of Punjab, has now reached 62 as another man died on Thursday, health officials and local media reported.

The fever, which has also been reported in other parts of the country, has infected nearly 8,000 in the last two months, they said.

Till Thursday, 100,000 people have rushed to government and private hospitals in Lahore for medical test as every citizen is now wanting to get doctors' advice. Residents say that 50 percent people now avoid visiting parks and picnic spots in Lahore.

The Education Ministry in Punjab ordered change of school uniform, making it obligatory for all school-going children to wear full-sleeves shirts and pants."

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