RAWALPINDI: A total of 211 suspected patients of dengue fever have been registered at allied hospitals here so far, while four patients with confirmed dengue virus were given medical treatment.
This was stated by Dr Javed Hayat, Deputy Medical Superintendent (DMS), Holy Family Hospital (HFH) Rawalpindi.
Out of total 211 dengue fever suspected patients, medical tests of 207 patients remained negative while just four patients, two admitted to Holy Family Hospital (HFH) and two to Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) with positive report were provided medical treatment and had been discharged. Total 186 patients were registered at HFH and 25 at BBH, he informed.
To a question he said, maximum arrangements for the medical treatment of dengue fever patients have been made at Holy Family Hospital. He said all possible preventive measures should be adopted to avert dengue virus.
Dr Javed Hayat said dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows other symptoms such as headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen glands and rash. Other signs of dengue fever include bleeding gums, severe pain behind the eyes, and red palms and soles, he added.
Dengue strikes people with low levels of immunity. Because it is caused by one of four serotypes of virus, it is possible to get dengue fever multiple times. However, an attack of dengue produces immunity for a lifetime to that particular serotype to which the patient was exposed, he informed.
The virus is contracted from the bite of a striped Aedes aegypti mosquito that has previously bitten an infected person. The mosquito flourishes during rainy seasons but can breed in water-filled flower pots, tyres, plastic bags, and cans year-round.
One mosquito bite can inflict the disease, he said.
The virus is not contagious and cannot be spread directly from person to person. There must be a person-to-mosquito-to-another-person pathway, he added.