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26 more dengue cases reported in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The federal capital has reported 26 new dengue fever cases during the past 24 hours.

According to the district health officer (DHO), 26 patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever were reported in rural and urban areas of Islamabad.

The DHO said that 18 cases were reported from rural areas and eight from urban areas of Islamabad.

Nineteen people have died of the mosquito-borne disease in the current season so far. Overall 4,509 dengue fever patients were reported so far.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is common in warm, tropical climates and often peaks during rainy seasons, states the World Health Organisation (WHO).

These mosquitoes are also vectors of chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Dengue is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature, relative humidity and unplanned rapid urbanization.

Once bitten by a dengue-infected mosquito, the virus takes four-10 days to affect the body. Its symptoms can be mild, similar to the common flu, or severe such as fever, headaches, pain behind the eyes and nausea.

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