Dengue emergency declared in Pakistan's Swat Valley
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Authorities in Pakistan's north-western Swat Valley have declared a health emergency after nearly 5,000 cases of dengue fever were reported in a month.
The mosquito-borne virus has killed 12 people in the valley since August 19 and the number of patients is increasing every day, doctors said.
Dengue is spread by mosquitoes that breed in stagnant water and usually bite people during the daytime. It causes high fever, severe joint and muscle pains and can be fatal.
"So far 12 people have died due this disease and 4,934 persons have been tested positive, we have declared a health emergency in the district," doctor Abdul Khaliq, district health officer in Swat told AFP by telephone.