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Over 15,700 dengue cases reported this year

A total of 15,728 dengue cases and a few deaths had been reported countrywide within this year as at the end of February, Epidemiology Unit sources said. According to sources, the public should be vigilant about mosquito breeding sites 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.

Western Province recorded the highest number of dengue cases, 4395 during the past one and a half months.

The highest number of dengue patients, has been 2276 reported from the Colombo district while the Colombo Municipal Council area (CMC) recorded a total of 583 dengue cases by the end of last month. The second highest number, 1,919 had been reported from Trincomalee district. The Batticaloa district had recorded 1,603 dengue cases and the Jaffna district 1,455 dengue patients during the same period. Meanwhile, medical experts and consultants advise the pregnant mothers to immediately get hospital admission if they have fever while the public should seek medical treatment for any type of fever without delay and without resorting to home remedies. All fever patients need rest and they should refrain from attending work or school.

“All fever patients should take Paracetamol only but not take Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac Sodium, Mefenamic Acid etc which are Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and Steroids such as Prednisolone, Methyl-Prednisolone and Dexamethasone.

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