Eleven die of dengue in 2019 | Daily News

Eleven die of dengue in 2019

A total of 13,505 dengue cases and 11 dengue deaths were reported across the country this year by April 10, the Epidemiology Unit said.

The highest number of dengue cases (2,998) was reported in the Colombo district, while the second highest number (1,703) was reported in the Gampaha district. The third highest number of dengue cases (1,676) was reported in the Jaffna district.

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) reported 584 dengue cases during this period. The other parts of the Colombo district recorded 2,414 dengue cases. The total number of dengue cases reported in the Western Province is 5,489. A total of 5,532 dengue patients was reported in the country in January, while 3,653 dengue patients were reported in February. The number of dengue patients reported in March is 3,690, epidemiologists 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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