According to news reports, hospitals in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city have been put on high alert of mosquito-borne dengue fever as it claimed at least 16 lives.
According to the officials of the health department of the southern Sindh province, on Sunday, 3 more cases of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) were confirmed. The data for the last few months reveal 371 confirmed cases of VHF and 16 deaths due to dengue in Karachi.
The sanitation problems in Karachi got exacerbated due to the unusually heavy rains in the months of July and August. The whole city was submerged in water and it could not be drained till the monsoon got over. The stagnating water became an ideal place for the mosquitoes to breed.
A joint team of experts from local research organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) will examine the situation and perform epidemiological investigations in Sindh province.