Rawalpindi - Two more dengue cases surfaced in different areas of Rawalpindi on Monday after which the tally has reached 18.

According to health department, two people hailing from different areas of Rawalpindi shifted to various hospitals were found affected with dengue virus.

The health department said that with recent cases total number of dengue patients in Rawalpindi has reached 18.

The medics have urged the citizens to adopt precautionary measures, keep their residences and surroundings clean to keep a check on breeding of dengue mosquitoes.

Meanwhile, the directorate of health services of Capital Development Authority has planned an integrated approach to combat dengue in present rainy season in the federal capital.

An official said there are chances of spread of dengue virus as the weather is very favourable for mosquito breeding. He said the directorate of health services will be more vigilant in the present situation to combat dengue virus.

During the anti-dengue campaign, the directorate of health services will focus on the activities including spray and fogging in high risk areas, social mobilisation, surveillance of vectors, destruction of breeding sites, capacity building and solid waste management, evidence based spray and fumigation, surveillance, social mobilization and solid waste management.

He said mapping of high risk areas has been completed.

He appealed to the general public to install wire gauze on the doors and windows, use mosquito nets when sleeping outside, wearing full sleeves clothes and use mosquito repellent cream during high peak season of dengue fever transmission.

He said the dengue mosquito breeds inside and vicinity of the houses in damp conditions, discarded drums, vases, buckets, earthen jars, removed tyres and discarded in open environment, water jars, coconut shells, tin, bottles, discarded boxes like cigarette, saver, juices etc, clay pots, bamboo ends, rubbish and other water containers.

He said that solid waste should be disposed of properly because it is basic contributors in dengue virus transmission.