Year’s first death by dengue fever

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI—This year’s first death from dengue fever oc­curred at a pri­vate hospi­tal in Karachi where a 58year-old vic­tim named Fa­reed-ud-Din suc­cumbed to the deadly virus.

Fa­reed-ud-Din was res­i­dent of Shah Faisal Colony and died in a pri­vate clinic dur­ing treat­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Dengue Sur­veil­lance Cell, this is the first death caused by dengue this year in Karachi. How­ever, one death by dengue fever was re­ported from the in­te­rior Sindh in June.

Dengue fever is trans­mit­ted by Aedes mos­qui­toes and is a global pub­lic health con­cern. There is no vac­cine avail­able in Pak­istan for the virus, which kills an es­ti­mated 20,000 peo­ple each year and in­fects up to 100 mil­lion across the world, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO).—INP

Law en­force­ment agen­cies are ob­serv­ing strict se­cu­rity mea­sures to avert any un­to­ward sit­u­a­tion in any part of the city.

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