Dengue larvae found at 605 sites in Rawalpindi

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Staff Report

RAWALPINDI

Dengue larvae were detected from 605 sites in Rawalpindi areas during surveillance of 146,407 sites on Wednesday.

District Health Officer(DHO) Health Authority Dr Abdul Jabbar said during indoor  and outdoor surveillance, the 538 teams checked 146,407 sites including 89,433 houses and 56,974 outdoor sites out of which dengue larvae were found in 543 houses and in 24 outdoor sites in Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonments Board and Municipal Corporation areas.

The DHO urged the residents to keep their water tanks clean and not to leave any place wet with stagnant water.

He said indoor and outdoor surveillance to check occurrence of dengue spread is underway as present spell of rains has increased the threat of dengue larvae, which needs to be tackled on urgent basis.

He directed the officials to ensure full implementation of anti-dengue regulations and warned that stern action would be taken against those failing to comply with the laws.

Similarly, he advised the residents to adopt precautionary measures and inform the department immediately if dengue larvae are found in their houses as the government alone cannot check the spread of dengue larvae.

 

Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person.

Sometimes, symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection. Younger children and people who have never had the infection before tend to have milder cases than older children and adults.

However, serious problems can develop. These include dengue hemorrhagic fever, a rare complication characterized by high fever, damage to lymph and blood vessels, bleeding from the nose and gums, enlargement of the liver, and failure of the circulatory system. The symptoms may progress to massive bleeding, shock, and death. This is called dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

People with weakened immune systems as well as those with a second or subsequent dengue infection are believed to be at greater risk for developing dengue hemorrhagic fever.

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