After the coronavirus crisis, Punjab has reported an alarming increase in dengue cases with provincial capital Lahore as the most affected city.

According to the health department, 87 people have been diagnosed with the disease in Lahore in the last 24 hours.

Punjab has 588 cases, with Rawalpindi, Multan, Vehari, and Muzaffargarh as other most affected cities after Lahore.

More than 49 dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals across the province.

On Monday, Chief Minister Usman Buzdarissued orders for the launch of an anti-dengue campaign throughout the province.

He instructed authorities to monitor measures taken to prevent dengue, specially in public and private buildings, tire shops, and graveyards.

“People should not let water get stagnant inside and on the roofs of their houses,” Buzdar added.

According to experts, dengue does not have any specific precautionary methods, and the only way to prevent it is through the eradication of mosquitoes. The only way to stop their growing population is through a better system of cleanliness.

According to the World Health Organisation, dengue symptoms include severe headache; painful eyes, muscle and joint; nausea and vomiting, swollen glands and rash and usually last two to seven days.

There is, however, no specific treatment for dengue fever. Analgesic and antipyretic medicines can be taken to control the symptoms. The best options to treat these symptoms are acetaminophen or paracetamol.


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