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.


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

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