Dengue fever death toll rises to 80

Sept. 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- At least eight more people have died in Lahore, Pakistan, from Dengue fever, raising the number dead to 80, medical officials said.

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, after meeting with the Dengue Emergency Committee, ordered the establishment of a temporary field hospital, Pakistan's GEO News reported Saturday.

In Punjab province, officials have confirmed 9,781 cases of Dengue fever. Officials said only patients in critical condition are admitted to hospitals.

The majority of patients said they weren't satisfied with the treatment they were getting, GEO News said.

Shahbaz said machines needed to treat Dengue fever -- an infectious tropical disease spread by several species of mosquito -- would arrive in Lahore Wednesday. He said 624 nurses from other hospitals also would be arriving Lahore to help.

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