JAMRUD: The number of dengue patients has reached 80 in Jamrud subdivision of Khyber district during the last two weeks, health officials said.

Media reports quoting health officials said that first four cases were detected on August 8 in Teddi Bazaar where three of the infected persons belonged to one family.

Besides, number of dengue patients increased as family members of the patients visited houses of their relatives in Nai Abadi which caused the spread of dengue fever.

The officials said that water samples acquired from different localities in Jamrud tested positive with dengue virus.

The officials claimed that they have been conducting repeated fumigation in the affected areas while mosquito nets were also distributed among the local people.

Locals elders and health officials also held awareness walk and urged the masses to take precautionary measures to contain further spread of the virus.

Deputy Commissioner Khyber district has already imposed section 144 in this regard but the cases continue to report. The officials said that clean drinking water was being provided through tankers and mosquito nets distributed.