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Epihack brochure V13

During the last 10 month of the year 2017, 158854 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 43.18% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 29 week of 2017.

This situation warrants regular removal of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment. It is also important to seek medical attention in the event of fever by day three of the illness.

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Source : reliefweb.int

 

 

By Nadia Fazlulhaq

Hospitals are full of patients, both young and old, suffering from viral fever with symptoms similar to dengue.

Officials said they were treating more than 150 fever patients a day in all major hospitals including the National Hospital and the Colombo South Teaching Hospital.

Infectious Diseases Hospital’s Consultant Physician Dr. Ananda Wijewickrema said the viral fever epidemic was not life-threatening but could weaken the patient.

“Most of the patients are suffering from vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. Therefore it’s important to give them nutritious fluids like king-coconut water, soups and cunjee but carbonated drinks should be avoided,” he said.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 11:43

Is my school free of dengue?

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දිවයිනේ සෑම ප්‍රදේශයකින්ම ඩෙංගු රෝගීන් වැඩි වශයෙන් වාර්තා වීමත් සමඟම අද සිට සෑම සතියකම සිකුරාදා දින උදෑසන 9.30 සිට 10.30 දක්වා පැයක කාලය පිරිසිදු කිරීමේ පැය ලෙස නම් කිරීමට සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය තීරණය කර තිබේ.

ඒ අනුව, රාජ්‍ය, පෞද්ගලික ආයතන සහ නිවාසවල අද සිට එම කාලය තුළ මදුරු කීටයන් බෝවන ස්ථාන විනාශ කිරීම ඊට අදාළ කටයුතු සිදුකළ යුතුයි.

දිවයිනේ ඇතැම් ප්‍රධාන රෝහල් ඩෙංගු රෝගීන්ගෙන් පිරී යාම නිසා මේ වනවිට ඒවායේ ප්‍රතිකාර කටයුතු සිදු කිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් ගැටළු මතුවී තිබෙනවා.

පවතින තත්ත්වය මත අංගොඩ උණ රෝහලට ඩෙංගු රෝගීන් ඇතුළත් කරගැනීම ඊයේ සිට තාවකාලිකව අත්හිටවුූ බවයි රෝහල් ප්‍රකාශකයෙකු සඳහන් කළේ.

රෝහලේ ඇඳන් 180ක් පවතින නමුත් මේ වනවිට ඩෙංගු සහ උණ රෝගීන් 500 කට ආසන්න ප්‍රමාණයක් ප්‍රතිකාර ලබන බව එම ප්‍රකාශකයා සඳහන් කළා.

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Several hospital Authorities around the island have been finding it difficult to effectively treat patients as they are experiencing severe overcrowding.

The main reason for the overcrowding is because of the number of individuals that have contracted dengue or flu.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 05:24

Dengue claims over 30 lives

 

Melanie Santiago

Thirty five persons have lost their lives due to Dengue during the past seven months.

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said that 20,954 suspected cases of Dengue were reported during that time.

Dr. Prashila Samaraweera, Consultant Physician of the National Dengue Control Unit stated that these cases of Dengue were reported from the Colombo, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matale, Puttalam and Kurunegala Districts.

As flood waters recede, a risk of Dengue mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water has arisen. Eighteen thousand (18,000) cases of Dengue have been reported thus far this year, out of which more than five percent were reported from the district of Colombo.

Following the floods the Western, North Western and Northern provinces were named as regions prone to dengue.

Meanwhile, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says that the Dengue epidemic is widespread in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Kandy, Galle, Matara, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Jaffna and Batticaloa.

National Coordinator of the National Dengue Control Unit Dr. Hasitha Tissera said that there is a threat of an increase in Dengue cases with intermittent rains which will be experienced next month and in the coming days.

He added that even though Dengue could start out as a normal fever, early symptoms of Dengue are sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain and the appearance of red spots on the skin.

Specialist Doctor Hasitha Tissera also spoke about immediate steps that should be taken in the event of early symptoms of Dengue.

”If fever persists for more than two days, a doctor who is suitable to examine such a condition or a doctor who is in the nearest hospital to the patients’ location should be consulted. Haemorrhaging takes place once the fever goes down. The haermorrhaging is experienced on the third, fourth and fifth day after contracting the disease. Therefore, special attention should be given to patients whose body temperatures go down gradually”, stressed Specialist Doctor Hasitha Tissera

Source: http://newsfirst.lk/english/2016/06/dengue-rise- colombo-gampaha- among-twelve- districts- risk/138289

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