Govt rejects emergence of latest pressure amid countrywide dengue outbreak

Dengue sufferers relaxation beneath mosquito nets on the dengue ward within the hospital, in Provincial Capital.— ONLINE/File
  • NIH says “no new variant of dengue virus has been reported, it’s only a hoax.”
  • Main infectious ailments specialists declare presence of 4 serotypes of vector-borne illness.
  • Say unprecedented rains and consequent floods resulted in 100% enhance in dengue instances.

As dengue tightens its grip on Pakistan, the Nationwide Institute of Well being, Islamabad (NIH) dismissed reviews of the emergence of any new pressure, terming it a “hoax”.

Nevertheless, main infectious ailments specialists claimed the presence of 4 serotypes of the vector-borne illness, saying that “a mixture of dengue serotypes’ might be affecting folks in Pakistan.

“No new variant of dengue virus has been reported, it’s only a hoax,” an official of the NIH Islamabad mentioned in response to a query concerning the emergence of latest dengue variants deliver the explanation behind extreme sicknesses affecting folks, The Information reported.

Some specialists in addition to Federal Minister for Local weather Change Sherry Reman linked the latest dengue outbreak to local weather change, saying unprecedented rains and consequent floods had resulted 100% enhance in dengue instances, particularly in Karachi and different cities of Sindh, the place it rained constantly for over two and a half months.

One other skilled, Prof Dr Saeed Khan of the Dow College of Well being Sciences (DUHS), Karachi, mentioned there have been solely 4 serotypes of dengue virus final yr.

“Really, when a person is contaminated with one serotype, he develops antibodies for that individual kind. However when the identical particular person is contaminated with one other serotype, she or he will get severely sick as a result of the prevailing antibodies of earlier serotypes assist the newly-entered virus to contaminate the particular person,” he added.

Prof Dr Iqbal Chaudhry from HEJ Analysis Institute, College of Karachi, and Dr Faisal Mehmood from the Aga Khan College additionally denied reviews of any new variant of dengue virus. Dr Faisal mentioned the dengue instances have been continually on the rise in Karachi, including that the height of dengue season had but to return as traditionally instances contact peak within the month of October.

Prof Ishtiaq Ahmed, one other researcher related to HEJ Analysis Institute of Chemistry, mentioned viruses mutate with the passage of time and dengue can also be a extremely mutating virus, lags behind solely HIV and influenza on this race. “Nevertheless, it’s early to conclude {that a} typical mutation is resulting in extreme infections,” he added.

Commenting over extreme illness being brought on by the dengue virus this yr in Karachi and different elements of Sindh, he mentioned:

“I feel our comparatively bigger inhabitants has most likely contaminated by one serotype and now the folks, who’re being contaminated by second serotype are exhibiting extreme signs. With enhance in an infection and re-infection price, we’ll see extra instances of extreme dengue and God forbid extreme consequence.”

Alternatively, a whole lot of latest dengue instances have been reported from Sindh, Punjab, Islamabad in addition to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, compelling authorities to take preventive measures to regulate the unfold of the vector-borne illness. In Sindh round 388 new dengue instances have been reported in final 24 hours, together with 324 instances from Karachi alone, the place two folks died as a result of issues of dengue fever, officers mentioned, including that they’ve began changing the Covid-19 excessive dependency items at main hospitals into the dengue remedy centres.

Curiously, solely 188 dengue instances have been reported in Punjab throughout the previous 24 hours, together with 80 from Rawalpindi, 62 from Lahore and remaining from different cities, indicating the illness surveillance system was allegedly not functioning correctly within the province, the place a whole lot of individuals have been every day approaching healthcare amenities for the remedy of dengue fever.

The officers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa claimed that 307 new instances have been reported over the past 24 hours, together with 153 from Peshawar adopted by Mardan, the place 73 new instances have been reported, including that thus far 5 folks have misplaced their lives attributable to dengue fever in KPK province.

Round 179 instances of dengue fever have been reported from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), whereas over 150 instances of dengue fever have been reported from completely different districts of Balochistan, the officers mentioned.

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