Surge in dengue cases triggers preventive measures in Pakistan

Surge in dengue cases triggers preventive measures in Pakistan

In Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, health authorities have confirmed that more than 100 individuals have contracted the dengue virus in the past week. This has prompted the implementation of preventive measures in all districts of the northwestern region.

Dengue, a disease transmitted through mosquito bites, can lead to severe outcomes, even death. Those affected experience flu-like symptoms such as high fever, intense headache, muscle and joint pain, nausea, and vomiting for about a week. Health experts attribute the spread of the illness to poor hygiene conditions and the conducive environment provided by heavy monsoon rains, which allow dengue-carrying mosquitoes to thrive in stagnant water.

Data from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department shows varying counts of cases across different regions. Health authorities are taking steps to prevent the spread of the disease and provide comprehensive treatment facilities. Indoor residual spraying for dengue is also underway in affected areas.

Pakistan is considered an endemic region for dengue, with ongoing transmission year-round and seasonal surges. Mosquito populations peak after the initial rainy season, while the highest infection rates occur several months later.

Just a few months ago, KP's health department reported 40 cases within a week across the province.