More than 7,000 people tested positive for dengue fever in Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province since September 2013 and as of 15 Oct at least 26 people had died from the disease. (OCHA, 15 Oct 2013). By 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 2013's trend was that cases were 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).
From 1 Jan to 31 May 2014, a total of 185 lab-confirmed Dengue fever cases were reported; out of these 179 positive cases were from Sindh province and six from Punjab province, with a decreasing trend. No cases were reported from Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Balochistan. (Govt/WHO, 4 Jun 2014)
According to NDMA, 1.3 million people affected, 193 persons died while 31,355 people are living in 512 relief camps in the flood affected districts.
WHO has provided essential medicines support to 165,693 people through customized kits including Emergency Health kits (EHKs), Diarrheal Disease Kits (DDKs), Hygiene kits, and other supplies including anti-malarial drugs, Anti Snake Venom (ASVs), and Rapid Diagnostic kits. The medicines stock is depleting and need to be replenished.
Epidemiological week no. 34 (18 to 24 Aug 2013)
• Dengue fever: 445 cases of Dengue fever have been reported from district Swat and the outbreak is being responded jointly.
• CCHF: In week 34, 2013, 2 suspected CCHF cases were reported 1 each from district Quetta, Balochistan; and district Attock in Punjab. Epidemilogical investigation conducted and treatment initiated (Page 5).
KARACHI: After a month-long respite from dengue deaths, the city alarmingly recorded three more deaths caused by the virus over the past three days while yet another death — the first one outside Karachi — was reported by a Hyderabad hospital, bringing this year’s death toll in the province to 10, officials said on Tuesday.
The officials added that out of the three patients who died in the metropolis two were women.
KARACHI, Aug 4: As the city received its first monsoon downpour on Saturday, the authorities admitted that they had done insufficient homework to keep dangerous dengue germs at bay especially when it was feared to attack once the season signed off and pools of water remained to provide them lethal breeding-grounds.