MULTAN: A woman diagnosed with seasonal influenza virus passed away in Multan Sunday afternoon, taking the recent death toll from the disease to 10.
A health department spokesperson informed that the patient belonged to Khanewal.
Moreover, the Punjab health department informed that as many as 18 people have been diagnosed with influenza in Punjab.
Influenza has claimed 10 lives so far, it added.
On Saturday, four people in Multan died after contracting seasonal influenza.
Statistics released by the department for December state that over 35 patients at Multan’s Nishtar Hospital were diagnosed with symptoms that include influenza, cough, joint pain, running nose, vomiting, and fever.
Patients who died after contracting seasonal influenza were already suffering from another disease, said the Punjab Health Department Spokesperson in Multan Dr Attaur Rehman.
Seasonal influenza can spread through contact with the bacteria discharged by an infected person’s coughing and sneezing. Pregnant women, senior citizens, and children are susceptible to the disease.
CM Punjab takes notice
Earlier, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif had taken notice of the spread of influenza in the province Sunday morning, a day after four people died of the viral illness in Multan.
Shehbaz directed relevant authorities to take all possible measures for the prevention of influenza and advised them to organise awareness campaign regarding the illness.
Moreover, the Punjab health department informed that as many as 18 people have been diagnosed with influenza in Punjab. Influenza has claimed eight lives so far, it added.–Web Desk