32 dengue fever patients die in Sindh last year

Karachi: Three densely populated towns of Karachi – Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad and Orangi – leads dengue viral fever deaths with about 47 percent share in total death reported in metropolis last year.

According to the Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh report issued on Wednesday, a total of 32 dengue fever patients died across the province last year, out of which 26 in Karachi, three in Hyderabad and one each in Mirpurkhas, Thatta and Larkana.

A total of 5,750 dengue fever cases have been reported in Sindh province in 2013, out of which 5,058 were detected in Karachi and 692 in rest of Sindh province.

The Karachi Division remained top of list with 26 deaths followed by Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Thatta and Larkana. Out of 26 deaths in Karachi city, four each were reported in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad and Orangi Town, two each in Saddar, Korangi, Malir, Jamsheed Town and New Karachi, while one each in Gadap, Lyari, Keamari and Landhi Towns.

The report stated that out of total deaths in province, 20 were males and 12 were females, while out of 26 in Karachi, 16 were males and 10 were females. The 23 dengue viral patients expired having age between 5 to 40, while nine were above 60.

Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh report further stated that first death was reported in Gadap Town on 30 May 2013 and last death was reported on 7 December 2013 in Orangi Town.

A total of 11 deaths were reported in month of October, eight in November, five in August, three in July, two in June, while each in month of May, September and December.

The month of November proved deadliest with 11 deaths, out of total 32 cases, with the ratio of 30 percent. Followed by November with eight, five deaths were reported in August.

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