Over 30 dengue deaths this year | Daily News


Over 30 dengue deaths this year

A total of 23,842 dengue cases and 35 dengue deaths were reported across the country this year till last Friday, the Epidemiology Unit sources said.

According to the sources, the highest number of dengue cases (5,069) was reported in the Colombo district while the second highest number (3,052) was reported in the Gampaha district. The third highest number of dengue cases (2,031) was reported in the Galle district.

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) reported 993 dengue cases during the same period. The other parts of the Colombo district recorded 4,076 dengue cases. The number of dengue cases reported in the Western Province is 9,885. A total of 5, 576 dengue patients were reported in the country in January. A total of 4,120 dengue patients were reported from all parts of the country in May and 3,558 in this month up to 28, the epidemiologists said.

With the ongoing rains, the Epidemiology Unit has identified five high-risk districts. They are the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Ratnapura and Galle districts. People should spend at least 30 minutes per week to clean all possible mosquito breeding sites located in their premises. Even the quantity of water collected inside a pen clip or a tiny bottle cap is adequate to breed dengue mosquitoes, they said.

Meanwhile, medical consultants advise pregnant mothers to seek admission to hospital on the first day of fever and the public should seek medical treatment for any type of fever without any delay and without resorting to home remedies. All fever patients need rest and should not attend work or school.

All fever patients should take Paracetamol only. All the other medications, especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen cause dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) which can be fatal, they said. 

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