Pakistan records year's first dengue death

A 24-year-old youth succumbed to dengue in Pakistan, making it the first death this year due to the tropical disease, media reported Thursday.

Islamabad: A 24-year-old youth succumbed to dengue in Pakistan, making it the first death this year due to the tropical disease, media reported Thursday.

The youth, named Owais, was admitted to a hospital in Lahore Oct 7 where he died the following day. However, the news of his death was disclosed Thursday, Dawn online reported.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident.

Some 26 more people had tested positive for dengue in the last two days across Punjab.

A majority of the cases were reported from Rawalpindi and Chakwal. The total number of dengue cases in Punjab has reached 332 so far, an official of the health department said.

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