Over 19,000 dengue patients reported in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, Jun 2, 2020, Daily News. A total of 19,940 dengue cases and over 22 dengue deaths had been reported from all parts of the country within this year by last monday (June 01st), the Epidemiology Unit sources said, Daily News reported.

According to the 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 site. Western Province recorded the highest number of dengue cases, 5,535 during the period.

The highest number of dengue patients, 2841 reported from the Colombo district while the Colombo Municipal Council area (CMC) recorded a total of 702 dengue cases during the period. The second highest number, 2121 had been reported from Baticaloa district. Trincomalee district had recorded 2213 dengue cases. A total of 1829 dengue patients had been reported from the Jaffna district during the same period.

Meanwhile medical experts and Consultants advise the pregnant mothers to get admitted to a hospital on the first day of 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 they should not attend work or school.

All fever patients should take Paracetamol only. All fever patients should 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. Those drugs cause Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) which can become fatal, they said.

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