Official says dengue outbreak in Pakistan among worst-ever

Official says dengue outbreak in Pakistan among worst-ever
People wait to admite their family members suffering from dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, into a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A top Pakistani health official says authorities are battling one of the worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks across the country, including the capital, Islamabad, as hospitals continued to receive scores of patients, putting strain on the poor emergency services. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

A top Pakistani health official says authorities are battling one of the worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks in the country, including the capital Islamabad as hospitals continued to receive scores of patients, putting strain on emergency services.

Rana Mohammad Safdar, at top official at the National Institute of Health, said Thursday that about 20,000 dengue cases and 34 deaths have been confirmed in recent months.

He said in an effort to contain the spread of disease, authorities are doing anti-mosquito spraying in .

Dengue is found in around the world and is spread by a type of mosquito that mainly lives in urban areas.

Pakistan's government attributes the outbreak to prolonged , while the opposition has accused the government of not taking timely steps to prevent it.

  • Official says dengue outbreak in Pakistan among worst-ever
    People suffering from dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, rest in a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A top Pakistani health official says authorities are battling one of the worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks across the country, including the capital, Islamabad, as hospitals continued to receive scores of patients, putting strain on the poor emergency services. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
  • Official says dengue outbreak in Pakistan among worst-ever
    People suffering from dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, rest in a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A top Pakistani health official says authorities are battling one of the worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks across the country, including the capital, Islamabad, as hospitals continued to receive scores of patients, putting strain on the poor emergency services. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
  • Official says dengue outbreak in Pakistan among worst-ever
    Pakistani family members comfort a patient suffering from dengue, the mosquito-borne disease, at a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A top Pakistani health official says authorities are battling one of the worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks across the country, including the capital, Islamabad, as hospitals continued to receive scores of patients, putting strain on the poor emergency services. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
  • Official says dengue outbreak in Pakistan among worst-ever
    People suffering from dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, rest in a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A top Pakistani health official says authorities are battling one of the worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks across the country, including the capital, Islamabad, as hospitals continued to receive scores of patients, putting strain on the poor emergency services. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
  • Official says dengue outbreak in Pakistan among worst-ever
    People suffering from dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, rest in a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. A top Pakistani health official says authorities are battling one of the worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks across the country, including the capital, Islamabad, as hospitals continued to receive scores of patients, putting strain on the poor emergency services. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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