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Over 100 dengue cases in nine days

A total of 125 dengue cases have been reported from all parts of the country between January 1 and January 9. Last year there were 103,362 cases of dengue and 102 deaths due to the disease, the Epidemiology Unit sources said.

According to the sources, the public should be vigilant for any possible mosquito-breeding site and destroy them on a regular basis. At least 30 minutes per week should be allocated to clean mosquito-breeding sites. Construction sites are one of the most popular dengue mosquito-breeding sites.

The highest number of dengue patients (34) was reported from the Jaffna district, while the second highest number (18) had been reported from the Matara and Galle districts. The Puttalam district had recorded 17 dengue cases. No deaths have been reported this year.

Meanwhile, medical experts and consultants advise pregnant mothers to seek admission to a hospital on the first day of fever. 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. They should not take Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac Sodium or Mefenamic Acid, all of which are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) or Steroids such as Prednisolone, Methyl-Prednisolone and Dexamethasone. These drugs cause Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) which can be fatal, the sources said.

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