Dengue outbreak kills 5 people in northwest Pakistan

Pakistani patients wait for their turn to be checked for dengue fever in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. A Pakistani health official says an outbreak of dengue fever in the country's northwest has killed many people in the past 10 days. Provincial Health Minister says more than 1,000 dengue cases have been recorded at hospitals in that period of time. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 photo, a Pakistani patient suffering from dengue fever lies on the bed of an isolation ward at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan. A Pakistani health official says an outbreak of dengue fever in the country's northwest has killed many people in the past 10 days. Provincial Health Minister says more than 1,000 dengue cases have been recorded at hospitals in that period of time. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A Pakistani health official says an outbreak of dengue fever in the country's northwest has killed five people in the past 10 days.

Provincial Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai says more than 1,000 dengue cases have been recorded at hospitals in that period of time.

Tarakai said Tuesday that patients with high fever started arriving at hospitals 10 days ago in Peshawar, the capital of northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

He urged people not to panic as officials have launched a campaign to clear rotten garbage and other potential mosquito-breeding grounds.

Tarakai said as many as 793 patients were treated and released, but 217 patients suffering from dengue are still hospitalized.

Dengue outbreaks are common in Pakistan during monsoon rains, which continue from July to September.

Must Read

Royals gather in private to remember, celebrate Ventura

Jan 28, 2017

The Kansas City Royals gathered together to remember Yordano Ventura in a private "celebration of life" for the pitcher who died in a weekend car accident in the Dominican Republic

Far-right candidate sees a France sans kippas, headscarves

Feb 24, 2017

Marine Le Pen's refusal to don a headscarf this week cost her a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian

German prosecutors believe nurse killed at least 86 patients

Aug 28, 2017

Germany authorities say they now believe that a male nurse who was convicted of killing patients with overdoses of heart medication killed at least 86 people

People also read these

Royals gather in private to remember, celebrate Ventura

Jan 28, 2017

The Kansas City Royals gathered together to remember Yordano Ventura in a private "celebration of life" for the pitcher who died in a weekend car accident in the Dominican Republic

Far-right candidate sees a France sans kippas, headscarves

Feb 24, 2017

Marine Le Pen's refusal to don a headscarf this week cost her a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian

German prosecutors believe nurse killed at least 86 patients

Aug 28, 2017

Germany authorities say they now believe that a male nurse who was convicted of killing patients with overdoses of heart medication killed at least 86 people

Weather, 20 December
Houston Weather
+7

High: +11° Low: -2°

Humidity: 83%

Wind: NNE - 7 KPH

Canberra Weather
+27

High: +27° Low: +17°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: W - 20 KPH

Roissy-en-France Weather
+6

High: +6° Low: -5°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: ENE - 7 KPH

Florence Weather
+9

High: +9° Low: +6°

Humidity: 97%

Wind: ENE - 17 KPH

Parga Weather
+7

High: +16° Low: +4°

Humidity: 100%

Wind: SE - 25 KPH