Deadly virus – 62 people dead, 42,000 infected

Sixty-two people died and over 42,000 were infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first eight months of this year, an official said.

The Epidemiology Unit quoted by the government information department as reporting this on Thursday in Colombo.

Till Aug. 23, a total of 42,051 dengue cases were reported, with the highest number of cases reported from the Colombo district with 8,808 cases.

This was followed by Gampaha in the outskirts of Colombo with over 6,388 cases and Galle in southern Sri Lanka with 4,377 cases.

The unit said it had identified five high risk districts including Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara in the Western Province and Ratnapura in south central Sri Lanka.

Medical experts have urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they suffered from high fever, uncontrolled vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and reduced urinary.

“All fever patients need rest and should refrain from attending work or school,’’ epidemiologists said.

“Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) can be fatal,’’ epidemiologists added.

Medical experts have further urged pregnant women to seek hospital admission immediately on the first day of fever.

In 2018, more than 50 people died and over 48,000 were affected by the dengue virus in Sri Lanka.

The National Dengue Control Unit launching several programmes to eradicate dengue’s breeding grounds in several districts of the island country. (NAN)

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