5000 cases of dengue reported in a month

Authorities in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley have declared a health emergency after nearly 5,000 cases of dengue fever were reported in a month.

The mosquito-borne virus has killed 12 people in the valley since August 19 and the number of patients is increasing every day, doctors said.

“So far 12 people have died due this disease and 4,934 persons have been tested positive, we have declared a health emergency in the district,” doctor Abdul Khaliq, district health officer in Swat said. Khaliq said the outbreak has been declared as an epidemic. Officials said they believed infected larvae had been brought from the eastern city of Lahore in water in a consignment of old tyres.

Fish to fight dengue

Meanwhile, the provincial government hopes to combat the menace by releasing fish in water bodies, where dengue mosquitoes breed. According to the Dawn, the agriculture and health departments of the local administration have released two species of fish in water bodies to eat up the larvae of the dengue mosquitoes.Agencies