Dengue Cases on the Rise in Karachi and Islamabad


by Hamna Bano

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Sindh Health officials are concerned about a dengue outbreak as new 76 cases have been reported during the past 24 hours. This has taken the total dengue cases to 787 in the provincial capital so far in this season.

The Sindh Department has clarified that a total of 78 cases have been reported amid the stagnant water from heavy floods and rains. The dengue cases in Sindh reached a total of 839 out of which 787 cases were reported in Karachi.


The health experts have cautioned the dengue virus could take a shape of an epidemic if measures like insecticides and spraying are not taken.

On the other hand, the district health officer of Islamabad also warned of a rise in dengue cases in light of the new monsoon spell. Dozens of dengue cases have been reported in Rawalpindi making a total of 39 patients. Dr. Zaeem Zia District Health Officer Islamabad said, “stagnant rainwater was an ideal breeding ground for the growth of the dengue larvae and urged timely measures to contain the threat.”

Although there has been only one case reported in Islamabad Dr. Zaeem added that “Almost all parts of the country have faced floods and more than usual rains…the accumulated rainwater in ponds and low-lying areas will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.”

Between the monsoon season, the number of mosquito-borne diseases has surged in Karachi and Islamabad. The DHO Islamabad and the health officials of Sindh are genuinely concerned about the health of the people living in the flood-affected area.

A proactive approach has been designed and a team has been sent to the affected areas where there is stagnant water to drain it out and raise awareness among people.