25 Children Die from Measles, 9 from Diphtheria in Punjab - Capital TV

June 4, 2023


25 Children Die from Measles, 9 from Diphtheria in Punjab

Anum Razzaque

LAHORE: Measles and Diphtheria spread rapidly in Punjab, the provincial health department revealed the death of children with the mentioned disease.

According to the report issued by the health department of Punjab, from Dec 25 to Dec 31, there were 25 children died from measles, and 9 lost their lives from diphtheria.

Diphtheria is a serious infection caused by strains of bacteria called Corynebacterium diphtheriae that make toxins. It can lead to difficulty breathing, heart rhythm problems, and even death.

Meanwhile, Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. It is characterized by a prodrome of fever (as high as 105°F) and malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis -the three “C”s -, pathognomonic enanthema (Koplik spots) followed by a maculopapular rash. The rash usually appears about 14 days after a person is exposed.

However, according to the report by the department, there have been 932 cases of measles appeared in the city.

“395 cases surfaced in Lahore while 334 cases were reported in Rawalpindi.”

Meanwhile, the province reported 121 cases of diphtheria, most of the cases were reported from Faisalabad, Jhang, Rahim Yar Khan, and Rawalpindi.

The health department said 32 percent of kids who were affected by measles didn’t take vaccines before.

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