The highest number of patients was recorded in Islamabad and the neighbouring city of Rawalpindi [Muhammad Reza/Anadolu]

A record-breaking 44,000 people have been infected with mosquito-borne dengue in Pakistan this year, a senior health official said, as increased outbreaks linked to rising temperatures and erratic rainfall ravage other parts of Asia.

Rana Safdar, a senior official at the National Institute of Health (NIH), told AFP news agency on Wednesday the figure is a huge leap from the previous record of 27,000 infections in 2011.

Safdar said 66 people were killed by the disease so far in 2019, compared with 370 in 2011.

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He blamed climate change for the surge, but would not elaborate. The government was “employing all available resources at its

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