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Over 26,000 dengue cases as of August

Over 26,000 dengue cases and 25 dengue deaths had been reported countrywide as at last month (August). Special attention should be paid to prevent dengue mosquitoes breeding in construction sites, schools etc, Epidemiology Unit sources said.

According to sources, the public should be vigilant on all types of 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. The Western Province recorded the highest number of dengue cases - 7,576 as at last Friday (September 4).

The highest number of dengue patients, 3755 reported from the Colombo district while the Colombo Municipal Council area (CMC) recorded a total of 961 dengue cases during the period.

The second highest number, 2,781, had been reported from Kandy district. Batticaloa district had recorded 2,317 dengue cases. A total of 2,271 dengue patients had been reported from the Trincomalee district during the same period.

Meanwhile, medical experts and consultants advise pregnant mothers to get admitted to a hospital on the first day if they get fever and the public should seek medical treatment for any type of fever within two days without any delay or without applying home remedies. All fever patients need rest and should not attend work or school.

“All fever patients should only take Paracetamol and not Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac Sodium, Mefenamic Acid etc. which are Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and Steroids such as Prednisolone, Methyl-Prednisolone and Dexamethasone. Those drugs cause Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) which can become fatal,” they said.

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