Dengue cases spiking in Punjab

dengue cases spiking

LAHORE: Despite the arrivals of winter, the menace of dengue cases refuses to abate, signaling a prolonged battle against the vector-borne disease in Punjab.

Experts anticipate a continued increase in dengue cases, with reports expected to persist until February.

This year’s December has witnessed a staggering increase in dengue incidents compared to the same period last year, according to official data.

Within the initial 8 days of December, Punjab reported a concerning total of 550 dengue cases, marking a substantial surge compared to the entirety of December 2022, which saw 380 cases for the entire month.

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Lahore, the provincial capital, is grappling with a significant spike, reporting 306 cases in the first 8 days of December 2023. This starkly contrasts with the 146 cases documented in Lahore during the same period in December 2022.

Dr. Javed Akram, the Caretaker Provincial Health Minister, attributes the surge in dengue to the milder cold weather, creating conducive conditions for the proliferation of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Expressing concern, Dr. Akram warns that the onslaught of dengue cases is anticipated to persist until February, emphasizing the need for heightened vigilance and preventive measures to curb the escalating public health challenge.

As Punjab grapples with this unexpected surge in dengue cases, health authorities are urged to intensify efforts in combating the spread of the disease and safeguarding public health.

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