The outbreak of "Dengue Fever" in parts of Pakistan is now becoming
a countrywide epidemic. Quite a few bloggers have posted about it
including one who
lost his cousin to a dengue infection.
Though nobody I know personally has died or been infected, it is alarming
to know that death and disease are right here. So close in fact that
there have been over 20 confirmed cases in Rawalpindi/Islamabad alone.
With the state of healthcare in this country, don't even think about
getting sick enough to have to be treated by someone. It doesn't matter
how expensive a treatment you can afford, in the end, you'll realize
that not going to a doctor is the best cure. Anyway, for something as
serious as this, you'll have to be extremely lucky to get proper
treatment and be cured.
What may be partly to blame for this outbreak is a delayed winter. By
this time of the year, we are usually wearing sweaters and jackets yet
even in Islamabad, it is still so warm that one can easily roam around
in a t-shirt. This heat, combined with the brief monsoon, has resulted
in a swarm of mosquitos everywhere, many of which are carriers of the
deadly dengue virus.
I think the best hope is to do all you can to stop being bitten and
wait for winter to set in. The above-mentioned blog post, as well as
many other sites on the net, which I didn't have time to check, offer
a number of suggestions and preventive measures. Good luck to all.
And what's responsible for the heat? My best guesses are pollution
and construction. Both are spreading fast and not even a clean and
organized city (for Pakistan) like Islamabad is spared.
Some useful blogs and sites:
all things Pakistan: Dengue fever toll rising
Light Within: Dengue fever on the rise
CDC Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases: Dengue fever fact sheet
On 1st November 2006, at 15:08pm PKT, shirazi said:
Thanks for this post and the plugin.