More than 7,000 people have tested positive for dengue fever in Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province since September 2013. At least 26 people have died from the disease. (OCHA, 15 Oct 2013). As of 20 Oct, the number of cases stood at 8,546 and 33 deaths had been reported (WHO, 20 Oct 2013).
Although dengue fever outbreaks have been reported cyclically in Pakistan since 1994, one of the major striking feature of this year’s trend is that cases have been reported from areas that do not fall in the traditional endemic belt of the country, such as Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Balochistan province. (WHO, 15 Sep 2013).
The number of cases of dengue fever in the first quarter of 2014 was nearly three times in the same period in 2013 and more than four times in 2012 (OCHA, 22 Apr 2014).