West Indies players told to guard against dengue fever

Published: Sunday, November 12, 2006, 21:31 [IST]
 

LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 11 (Reuters) West Indies cricket officials have told their team touring Pakistan to take precautionary measures against the dengue fever that has killed 37 people in the last four months.

A team official said the mosquito-borne disease outbreak in Pakistan was a worry but as yet the players had not been given any medication or vaccination against it.

''Our medical officials have spoken to the players and briefed them about the fever and told them what precautions they have to take against it,'' media officer Imran Khan said.

Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city and the capital of Sindh province, has been the worst hit, with 32 deaths according to health officials.

The touring team will be based in Karachi for more than a week from November 24 to play a test match and will return to the city in mid-December for a one-day international at the end of their tour.

Dengue is a tropical disease and is caused by a specific type of mosquito -- the Aedes mosquito -- that bites during the day. The mosquitoes usually breed in rain water in discarded containers and car tyres.

''The team doctor and physiotherapist are keeping a daily check on things and the players,'' Khan added.

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