Health emergency: Dengue fever kills 8 people during 2019 in Sindh
About 50 to 100 million people are diagnosed with the infection every year in 100 endemic countries.
In Karachi’s Landhi area, a 55-year old woman has lost her life due to a battle against Dengue haemorrhagic fever. The health officials on Wednesday said that the woman died due to mosquito-borne viral infection, while admitted at a private hospital.
“A lady of 55 years of age, who was identified as Bacchae Zahar Khanzada, died at the Aga Khan University Hospital on Tuesday due to dengue shock syndrome,” – said Abdul Basit, an official of the Sindh Dengue Prevention and Control Programme, while talking to The News on Wednesday.
The woman was a resident of Old Muzaffarabad Colony in Landhi. She was taken to the hospital on 9th June after suffering from high-grade fever and shock. The official further on stated that she passed away on 11th June due to failure of multiple organs due to dengue shock syndrome.
In the year 2019, this is the 3rd death occurring due to dengue fever in Karachi, all three patients of the mosquito-borne illness were women.
“Baby girl Muskan Abdullah, eight years of age and a resident of MPR Colony, was the first victim of the dengue fever, who died in January, while a 61-year-old lady from the Pipri area of Bin Qasim died last month due to the dengue fever,” – Mr Basit said.
He also stated that in the on-going year, 618 people have been diagnosed with dengue in Karachi alone. As per the WHO (World Health Organization), this particular kind of disease is a mosquito-borne viral infection. It can cause severe flu-like illness and can sometimes lead to severity, which is very lethal and often life-taking.
Dengue increases 30 folds in last 50 years:
Over the last 50 year, the disease has increased 30 times. About 50 to 100 million people are diagnosed with the infection every year in 100 endemic countries. This puts 50% of the world’s population at risk.
Severe dengue (previously called dengue haemorrhagic fever) first occurred in the 1950s, during breakouts in Thailand and the Philippines. Till date, it impacts Latin American countries and Asian countries. It has become a leading cause of hospitalization and death among adults and children in the mentioned regions.
The infection is caused by Aedes aegypti, which is a type of mosquito. The mosquito transmits viruses that lead to dengue, these viruses are then passed on to humans through the bites of an infective female Aedes mosquito. It mainly attains the virus while drinking the blood of the infected person.
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