The detection of cases of dengue in some new areas of the state has become a cause of concern for the health authorities.

Dengue, which is spread by the bite of aedes mosquitoes, was common in the national capital region of the state till recent years.

However, this year several other districts of the state like Fatehabad, Sirsa, Bhiwani and Hisar have come under its grip.

Tohana town in Fatehabad district has been the worst hit where as many as 87 cases of suspected dengue have been detected this year.

With two dead out of the 150 confirmed dengue cases reported at Gurgaon hospitals, an alarmed district administration is taking immediate steps to arrange special facilities at its civil hospital.

The number of patients infected with the dengue virus in Karachi is on the rise and the total is now at 289 cases, since two new dengue cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

Sindh Spokesman on Dengue and Deputy Secretary Health Dr Shakil Malik told Daily Times Wednesday that there are 25 dengue patients admitted at various public health facilities in Karachi, including 11 at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, two at Civil Hospital Karachi and two at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Five more patients with suspected dengue virus reported at different government hospitals in the city during Monday night and Tuesday, raising the number of such cases reported this year to 287.

Focal person of the Dengue Surveillance Cell Dr Shakeel Malik said that one of the patients was discharged from a hospital after his complete recovery. He said 34 patients with suspected dengue virus were still under treatment in different hospitals, along with two confirmed dengue cases.

Two patients believed to be suffering from dengue fever have died during the last 24 hours at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and the Civil Hospital Karachi, said health officials on Wednesday.

The two patients were among the 94 admitted to various public and private sector hospitals during the last one month with symptoms of dengue.

Hyderabad, Aug. 3: As many as three suspected cases of dengue have been reported from Kukatpally in two weeks. Citizens residing in Borabanda, Ameerpet, Malkajgiri, Uppal, Singareni colony and Saroornagar have been lodging complaints against the mosquito menace in their regions. At least 264 cases of malaria have been reported at government hospitals alone in the last four months.

In the wake of the latest detections of dengue fever and a couple of subsequent deaths, the health department of the City District Government Karachi has once again begun distributing specially medicated mosquito nets to government hospitals to provide protection to patients already bitten by the disease-spreading Aedes egypti mosquitoes.

The health authorities have now decided to shift the unused cell separator, which was procured by the Sindh government at a cost of Rs3 million in its drive against dengue about a year back, to the Civil Hospital Karachi at the earliest.

A cell separator bought by the Sindh government about a year back for one of its hospitals in the city in its drive against dengue fever is turning out to be an ill-planned procurement as it has not become operational for want of accessories, said sources in the provincial health department.

The Thimphu national referral hospital has diagnosed several people, from outside Thimphu, with the dengue infection this month.

"Two are above 50 years and four are under 10,' said officials from the public health laboratory (PHL). The dengue infection was confirmed from blood samples.
Records from the in-patient department (IPD), however, indicate only five dengue positive cases this month. "Some patients directly go to the out-patient department (OPD) and some just give their blood and don't come back,' said the record section in-charge.