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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Dengue toll in Karachi reaches 28

The dengue death toll has risen to 28 in this commercial capital of Pakistan with one more patient succumbing to the viral disease in the past 24 have even as 65 new patients were admitted to various city hospitals.

However, no deaths have been reported from elsewhere in the country except Karachi, according to Islamabad-based National Institute of Health (NIH). A resident of Hyderabad died of the haemorrhagic fever at Aga Khan Hospital yesterday morning, media reports quoted Additional Health Secretary and Coordinator Sindh VHF Surveillance Committee Abdul Majid.

The haemorrhagic fever was showing no let up in the country. As many as 2065 suspected cases were reported from across Pakistan, with 1818 from here alone since an outbreak in mid-September in southern parts of the country. Out of 1818 cases in Karachi, since October 2, 563 have been confirmed.

In Islamabad the total cases of the viral disease stood at 90, according to the NIH, with 19 new cases in the past 24 hours.
The Institute has received 34 fresh samples of suspected cases Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Mardan, and Sawabi.

Meanwhile, the government has announced that the import of equipments including, automatic cell separator and automatic cell counter, for the diagnosis and treatment of the viral disease would be exempted from custom duty and sales tax.
The Central Board of Revenue (CBR) issued a notification in this regard that came into effect immediately.

Dengue and hemorrhagic fever are endemic in Pakistan, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with occasional outbreaks reported in previous years.


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