ISLAMABAD -- The changing weather conditions in the federal capital has resulted decline in the number of incoming dengue patients at the Federal Government Polyclinic (FGPC) hospital due to gradually drop of mercury in the city.
According to spokesman FGPC Dr Sharif Astori, the number of incoming dengue patients at the hospital are gradually declining with reducing the temperature in the city.
He expressed the hope that an abrupt drop in the dengue cases is further likely due to further decrease in mercury. He however said that the danger of carrying disease is still existed.
He said that the dengue virus grows and spreads faster at higher temperature, but slows when temperature are lower or fluctuate. He added under the coolest conditions, at 18 degrees centigrade, the virus grew very slowly and did not spread to salivary glands, reducing the chance that the mosquitoes could transmit it to humans.
He said that the growth of the aedes aegypti mosquito will stop with the fall of temperature, however, the rate of decline has been slower than expected, he added.
He said that the hospital has provided free medical treatment to 3,881 confirmed dengue patients so far. He added 99 patients were still admitted in the hospital and receiving medical treatment out of which two were in serious conditions.
He said so far six dengue patients had lost their lives from the disease at the hospital. He said 10,199 suspected dengue patients visited the hospital with disease like symptoms.
He said by taking special preventive measures citizens could avoid from carrying dengue virus and asked the citizens to properly dispose of solid...