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Naegleria claims another life in Karachi, toll rises to 16

KARACHI (DNA) – Naegleria has claimed another life in Karachi on Monday. This was the 16th death reported in in the ongoing year because of the disease.According to details, 28-year-old Wakeel Khan a resident of New Karachi area was brought to a private clinic four days ago where he died of the disease during treatment.According to the researchers, Naegleria has a fatality rate of more than 98 percent. It is transmitted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose and cannot be passed person-to-person.

60 new dengue cases surface in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR, OCT 17 (DNA) – The total number of dengue cases has reached 5569 across the province as 60 new cases of mosquito-borne dengue fever have been reported during the last 24 hours in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)According to the Dengue Response Unit (DRU), 23 new cases of dengue fever have been reported in Peshawar, while 60 new cases of mosquito-borne dengue reported across the provincSources said that the provincial government was taking preventive measures to control dengue and added that separate wards have been established in all government hospitals for dengue patients.

Australia to fund research on medicinal cannabis as demand grows

MELBOURNE: Australia will provide A$3 million ($2.03 million) for research on the use of cannabis to help cancer patients, its health minister said on Sunday, as the demand for medicinal cannabis products grows rapidly. While legal in most of Australia, such products are allowed only to patients on the prescription of a doctor, and a license is required to grow and make medicinal cannabis.On Sunday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said access had been permitted to more than 11,000 patients, with most approvals this year.

HIV cases on rapid rise in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR (DNA) – The number of HIV-positive cases is on rapid rise in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as 4,600 patients have been reported in the province.According to details, over three thousand men, over one thousand women and 25 transgender persons have been tested positive for HIV in KP whereas the number of unregistered patients is many times higher than the registered ones.According to Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) record, individuals related to scrap industry and drug addicts have been affected more by the disease while women suffer owing to blood transfusion and poor equipments used during childbirth.

Govt fully focused to address Dengue virus outbreak : Zafar Mirza

ISLAMABAD, SEPT 22 (DNA) – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza on Sunday said that government is fully focused to address the outbreak of dengue virus in the country.Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Sunday, he said all necessary arrangements are being made regarding outbreak response and coordination among center and provinces has also been increased.Dr Zafar Mirza said more than ten thousand dengue patients have been identified through screening tests across the country, including 2363 from Punjab 2258 from Sindh 1814 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1772 from Balochistan.

Dengue situation continues to worsen in parts of country

LAHORE, SEPT 20 (DNA) – The dengue outbreak has continued to spread across the country as more cases have been surfaced in Lahore, Rawalpindi and other cities.According to details, the virus has been diagnosed in 348 people in Lahore while the tally has reached 1971 in Rawalpindi.As many as 11 patients are suffering from dengue in Bahalwalpur, 12 in Attock, 10 in Chakwal, six in Gujranwala, five in Muzaffargarh and 2073 in different cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Dengue fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes and is a global public health concern.

What is dengue and why is it so widespread this year?

Dubbed “breakbone fever”, dengue is one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses and infects tens of millions across the globe annually.

Around half of the planet’s population live in at-risk areas, mainly in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Outbreaks have ravaged Southeast Asia this year, infecting hundreds of thousands, killing hundreds, and crippling health care systems as governments struggle to contain the untreatable virus.

So what is dengue, how does it spread, and how can it be contained?