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Another Person died of dengue,toll rises to 17

mosquitoKARACHI: Another death recorded on Saturday by Health authorities from dengue, taking this year`s official death toll blamed on the dreaded mosquito-borne disease to 17 in the city.

That a 22-year-old man, Umair Ahmad, who lived in Sector 16-B of North Karachi, was brought to the ASH in severe health conditions on Nov 14,told by A deputy medical superintendent at the CDGK-run Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Dr Javed Akhtar.

The patient had been suffering from fever for about 21 days before his admission to the hospital. The young man, who was later tested positive for dengue, had been bleeding and was kept in the ICU of the ASH, Dr Akhtar said, adding that despite the administration of two mega platelet units, he did not survive as the virus had infected his brain.

it was further said that,Umair Ahmad, whose liver also stopped functioning properly, died on Nov 17 at the hospital.

According to the dengue surveillance cell, the total number of deaths caused by dengue fever across the province has risen to 21.

According to figures compiled by the dengue cell on Saturday, 77 patients suspected to be suffering from dengue were still admitted to three hospitals in Karachi. A total 668 mega platelet units have been transfused to dengue-infected patients in Karachi, and 46 units in hospitals outside the city.

The total number of patients believed to be suffering from dengue and brought to hospitals in the city during 2010 is 4,471, of whom 2,616 were found positive for the dengue virus. In the interior of Sindh, of the 512 patients admitted to hospitals, 509 were tested positive for dengue.

The number of new patients admitted to hospitals had decreased during the last two weeks. Now, on a daily average 30-35 patients suspected to be suffering from dengue fever were reporting to the public and private hospitals across the province,The focal person for the dengue surveillance cell, Dr Shakeel A. Mullick, referring to the daily surveillance report about dengue told.

Dr Mullick said, Efforts were being made to contain the disease and ensure all steps on ground as experts feared that if the issue of dengue was not addressed on a regular basis, the problem of increased multiple dengue infections could lead to severe dengue haemorrhagic fever in the years to come.Now no death is reported from any district due to bleeding disorders or for want of platelets, he said, adding that patients who either had been handled improperly by inexperienced physicians or quacks at the initial stages of the disease or those having other medical complications before the onset of dengue fever had to suffer significantly.In the meantime, citizens from various localities in the city have complained about the prevalence of mosquitoes in their homes and surroundings, public places, parks and schools.

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