By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in Pakistan have reported more than 50,000 dengue fever cases in 2019 to date. The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MNHSR&C) of Pakistan says their has been 52,485 dengue cases through Dec.1, including 91 dengue related deaths.
Cases reported from Islamabad and Rawalpindi now stand at 20,980 – 40% of the national tally, while Karachi has reported 14,443 cases.
The highest number of deaths during 2019 have been reported from Sindh (42, CFR 0.27%) followed by Punjab (23, CFR 0.22%) and Islamabad (22, CFR 0.16%).
The good news is MNHSR&C data show a declining trend in the number of new dengue cases over the past month.
The federal ministry and provincial health departments are implementing control measures with the support of WHO and other partners to limit this outbreak. Extensive social mobilization, community engagement and vector control activities are being undertaken in all the affected and neighboring areas with the involvement of relevant line departments and stakeholders.