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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?

FM Qureshi meets DG WHO

Geneva, Switzerland 10th Sept, 2019. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Mr. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, today and called upon him to play his role in providing basic health needs to the 15 million Kashmiris of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir who are facing draconian curfew since India revoked Article 370 and 35A of its constitution on August 5 in an illegal and unconstitutional manner depriving the Kashmiris of their legitimate autonomous status. The foreign minister also stressed the need to declare health emergency in IOJK.

Plastic particles in drinking water present ‘low’ risk: WHO

GENEVA, AUG 22 (DNA) — Microplastics contained in drinking water pose a “low” risk to human health at current levels, but more research is needed to reassure consumers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.Studies over the past year on plastic particles detected in tap and bottled water have sparked public concerns but the limited data appears reassuring, the UN agency said its first report on potential health risks associated with ingestion.Microplastics enter drinking water sources mainly through run-off and wastewater effluent, the WHO said. Evidence shows that microplastics found in some bottled water seem to be at least partly due to the bottling process and/or packaging such as plastic caps, it said.

Consumption of sugary drinks linked with cancer risk: study

Consumption of sugary drinks such as soda and fruit juice is linked to a higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, researchers reported on Thursday.The consumption of sugary drinks has exploded worldwide in recent decades and the high-calorie beverages have already been associated with a elevated risk of obesity — itself recognised as a leading cancer risk factor.

UN assures its support to address HIV outbreak in Larkana

ISLAMABAD, MAY 08 (DNA) – The United Nations in Pakistan is working closely with the federal and provincial governments to quickly respond to the HIV outbreak in Larkana, and to provide the necessary HIV treatment, care and support services to people living with HIV.“We stand ready to support the Government in strengthening the health system in Pakistan to cope with and prevent such tragedies from happening again,” said Mr Neil Buhne, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan.

Watermelon, an ideal fruit for Ramzan

During the holy month of Ramzan it becomes a challenge to drink plenty of water in short periods. Not consuming enough fluids can leave you dehydrated. So the best way to top up your water shortage in the holy month is to incorporate watermelons during sehar and iftar that will give you bursts of energy while keeping you hydrated.Watermelon has high water content i.e. 92 per cent and is packed with essential rehydration salts like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium that actually hydrate you more effectively than water.

Watermelon, an ideal fruit for Ramzan

During the holy month of Ramzan it becomes a challenge to drink plenty of water in short periods. Not consuming enough fluids can leave you dehydrated. So the best way to top up your water shortage in the holy month is to incorporate watermelons during sehar and iftar that will give you bursts of energy while keeping you hydrated.