ERJ staff report (BC)
Lahore, Pakistan – During March, the Lahore Environment Protection Department (EPD) issued enforcement notices to 27 tire shops, warehouses, scrapyards and construction sites for failing to follow dengue fever prevention guidelines, reports the Express Tribune.
Nine FIRs (complaints to police) were lodged against facilities for placing tires, plastic scrap and plant pots in the open, where they could trap water harbouring the mosquitoes which are vectors for the dengue virus.
However, according to a press release issued by the EPD on 2 April, “more and more” tire shops are registering with the authorities and adopting government anti-dengue guidelines.
Five anti-dengue squads of the EPD carry out inspections in Lahore, while each of the other districts of the Punjab province has one team.
Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains and a rash.
In a small proportion of cases the disease develops into a life-threatening haemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome with dangerously low blood pressure.
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