Pakistan hit by dengue fever outbreak

A mobile medical team treats a man in Buner district

An outbreak of dengue fever is continuing to spread rapidly in Pakistan.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that 125 people have died as a result of the virus, out of the nearly 12,500 reported cases.

Dengue fever is a deadly tropical disease caused by the dengue virus and is transmitted by certain kinds of mosquitoes.

Tarek Jasarevic of WHO says the organization is working with the Pakistani authorities to respond to the outbreak.

“What WHO is trying to do is to help national authorities in bringing the response to this outbreak.  Also, we had an expert who went to Pakistan to provide technical guidance in several meetings on dengue fever control.  There is a dengue booklet for teachers and teachers' orientation that was printed and disseminated.  And we are also supporting provincial and territorial dengue monitoring and coordination committees.”

(Duration 27″)

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