ISLAMABAD, Sep. 23 (DPA / EP) –
Pakistani authorities have started a campaign on Monday to contain the spread of dengue virus, which has already infected more than 10,000 people.
At least 16 people have died of the disease, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Sajid Shah, who has warned that hospitals across the country are overwhelmed with cases of dengue.
“At least 10,013 cases have been identified this year,” added Shah, who has warned that the number of patients will surely increase over the next 10 days. Part of the campaign to contain the spread of the virus focuses on informing about preventive measures and administering free treatments, according to the spokesman.
The Secretary of State for Health, Zafar Mirza, has reported that a study will be carried out to determine “the reasons for the spread of the disease in different regions” and that the number of patients is less than other years.
Dengue epidemics appear in Pakistan on a regular basis in recent years. They usually start in August and end in October, coinciding with the monsoon season. More than 300 people died of dengue in 2011.
The virus, which causes very high fevers, is transmitted by the bite of a class of mosquitoes that reproduce more easily with the meteorology associated with the passage of the monsoon. Symptoms usually disappear within 10 days, but they can cause internal bleeding that can be fatal.