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Warning! The risk of dengue fever in the main area of ​​the country has increased

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The risk of dengue cases in Rawalpindi is high as almost all the risk factors are present while a total of six confirmed dengue cases have already been reported in Rawalpindi district.

Two of the six confirmed cases of infection have been reported from Rawalpindi in the past two weeks, while the larvae of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which cause dengue fever, are also abundant in homes. Data collected on Tuesday showed that the highest number of Aedes mosquito larvae inside houses was found in areas under the jurisdiction of the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation, while the highest number of larvae was found outside. So far it has been reported in Potohar Town, Peri Urban Areas.

According to the Coordinator of the Prevention and Control of Epidemics Dr. Sajjad Mahmood, Rawalpindi Regional Health Authority teams are conducting a large-scale operation to identify and eradicate the larvae and currently dengue fever vector larvae are being caught from most areas of the municipal corporation. Potohar Districts and Cantonment Board Areas of Rawalpindi and Chaklala.

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The data shows that the teams of the district health department have found dengue vector larvae from 3924 houses and 909 places in the district so far this year. The alarming fact is that the number of larvae found so far this year is much higher than the number of larvae found so far in the last two years which definitely shows that a case of dengue is more serious. In the next years, weeks or months.

The data shows that until May 13 this year, a total of 4,833 places including houses in the Rawalpindi area were found with Aedes mosquito larvae, and in 2022, the number of positive places for larvae was 4,051. While in 2023 it was 4132.

It is important to note that the confirmation of dengue fever patients from the area proves the presence of an abundance of full-grown Aedes mosquitoes, which indicates the possible spread of the infection in the coming days. According to many health experts, it is high time that people take precautions to avoid the spread of dengue fever in the region. Experts say people should be aware of the fact that dengue fever is caused by the bite of an infected ‘Aedes’ mosquito and its elimination is essential to control the spread of the infection.

It is important to mention here that ‘Aedes aegypti’ thrives and lives in clean water containers such as barrels, buckets, drums, tanks, flower vases, water coolers, discarded tyres, toilet bowls etc., where there is water rain gathers. To control the spread of the infection, individuals and families should empty all water containers and avoid collecting water outdoors anywhere in the home.

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