The Rawalpindi district is currently facing a severe outbreak of dengue fever, with 74 new confirmed cases reported in just the past four days. As of Sunday, the total number of confirmed cases has reached a concerning 270. Hospitals in Rawalpindi are struggling to cope with the rush in patients, with 80 individuals currently undergoing treatment as of Saturday night. Thankfully, there have been no reported deaths from dengue fever so far.
What’s particularly worrying is that out of the 270 confirmed cases: approximately 240 are intense in specific areas, including Potohar Town (peri-urban areas), Chaklala Cantonment Board (CCB), Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB), and Municipal Corporation Rawalpindi. Other regions such as Murree, Taxila, Kallar Syedan, Gujar Khan, Kahuta, and Kotli Sattian have reported only 20 patients.
The highest number of confirmed cases, 86, is from Potohar Town, followed by 75 cases from CCB areas, and 55 cases from Municipal Corporation Rawalpindi. Additionally, 17 cases have been reported from RCB. Several localities are considerably affected by the outbreak, including Dhoke Munshee with 44 cases, Gukistan Colony with 37 cases, areas along Adyala Road with around 40 cases, and Chamanzar Colony with nearly 20 cases.
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Health experts advise residents of the district to take preventive measures to curb the spread of the infection. Those living in the worst-hit areas must be particularly vigilant, as a higher concentration of cases increases the risk of dengue fever spreading further within the region. Caution and fast action are crucial in addressing this growing health crisis.