211 dengue suspects registered in allied hospitals

RAWALPINDI: A total of 211 suspected patients of the dengue fever have been registered in the allied hospitals so far, while four patients with confirmed dengue virus are being provided with the medical treatment.Holy Family Hospital’s (HFH) Deputy Medical Superintendent (DMS) Javed Hayat informed about the current situation. Out of the 211 dengue fever suspected patients, the medical tests of 207 patients remained negative. Only four patients had positive results, out of which, two were admitted to the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) and two to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital  (BBH) and were provided the medical treatment and were later discharged. A total of 186 patients were registered at the HFH and 25 at the BBH, he informed.He said that maximum arrangements for the medical treatment of the dengue fever patients have been made at the Holy Family Hospital. He said that all possible preventive measures should be adopted to avert the dengue virus. Hayat said that dengue fever is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows other symptoms such as headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen glands and rash. Other signs of dengue fever include bleeding gums, severe pain behind the eyes, red palms and soles, he added.Dengue strikes people with low levels of immunity. It is caused by one of four serotypes of viruses and it is possible to get the dengue fever multiple times. However, an attack of dengue produces immunity for a lifetime to that particular serotype to which the patient was exposed, he informed. The virus is contracted from the bite of a mosquito that has previously bitten an infected person. The mosquito flourishes during rainy seasons but can breed in water-filled flowerpots, tyres, plastic bags, and cans. One mosquito bite can inflict the disease, he said. The virus is not contagious and cannot spread directly from person to person. 

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