A dengue-like outbreak of unknown aetiology in Pakistan

Hamid Merchant

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There were recent reports of a mysterious virus spreading in Pakistan causing dengue-like illness with hundreds of cases admitted to hospitals over the winter. The mysterious virus was touted as a new variant of the dengue virus by the local health experts in Pakistan as most patients were tested negative for the dengue virus test despite presenting with dengue-like symptoms. In this letter, we have critically appraised the current situation in Pakistan in an attempt to explain the science and mechanism behind recent dengue-like outbreak, offered suggestions on diagnostic tests and provided recommendations to improve medication safety in Pakistan.
Original languageEnglish
Article number35
Number of pages2
JournalTropical Medicine and Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2022


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