Monday, February 27, 2012

59 new dengue cases in Lahore, Pakistan scare people

LAHORE: The report of up to 59 new dengue positive cases in different teaching hospitals of Lahore Sunday has scared not only the masses but also the government to gear up its efforts to avert any possible attack of dengue virus ahead of time.

As many as 59 patients with fever were admitted to different teaching hospitals, whose confirmatory diagnostic tests of IgM and IgG were found positive. At least 41 patients were found IgM and IgG positive the Mayo Hospital, 13 in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, three in Services Hospital and one each in Jinnah Hospital and Lahore General Hospital.

However, the medical experts believed that these cases canít be declared as sure shot dengue fever patients, because confirmatory dengue diagnostic tests of IgM and IgG could still be positive among those patients, who had contracted dengue fever during last season but presently suffering from enteric fever or else. The medical experts, though believing dengue fever doesnít exist at this point of the season, have recommended NS1 test for suspected dengue fever patients to confirm its presence among the patients.

Talking to The News, Prof Dr Javed Akram, renowned medical expert and principal of Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital, said there was no need to scare from reporting of dengue fever cases because confirmatory tests of IgM and IgG could still be positive among those patients, who suffered from the disease in last season. Read More