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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

 

 

Thursday, 06 July 2017 11:43

Is my school free of dengue?

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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

Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:31

Dengue update

During the last 7 months of the year 2014, 22876 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.

Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 57.58% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the twenty fifth week of 2014.

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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:46

 

Source: www.epid.gov.lk

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 04:47

Dengue update

During the last 12 months of the year 2013, 31876 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.
Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 51.55% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the third week of January.

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.

Source:www.epid.gov.lk

 

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The spread of dengue still remains at a dangerous level as 293 patients were reported from the 1st of this month up until today only from Colombo.
4 dengue related deaths have also been reported. Accordingly Chief Medical Officer of the Colombo Municipal council Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam stated that the public should be aware to combat the dengue menace. He also stated that a special programme will be held from the 8th of February to create awareness among the public to combat the dengue menace.

source:www.hirunews.lk

 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 03:12

Dengue risk heightens in Colombo

Several areas in Colombo are faced with a risk of reaching epidemic levels. Dehiwala, Katubedda and Moratuwa MOH areas are undergoing an increase in the spread of Dengue, while Kohuwala, Kaduwela, Kolonnawa and Angoda MOH Areas are reported to reach epidemic levels in the near future.

The Ministry of Health will be implementing a special programme in schools located in major cities prone to dengue.

The Health Ministry advise to use only paracetamol as a form of medication and not to use other form of medication for fever without medical advise as such drugs can cause internal bleeding in dengue patients.

The public are also requested to maintain clean surroundings and to seek immediate medical assistance if fever persists for more than two days,

According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, compared to 2012, there has been a decline of 25 percent in the year 2013 in the number of Dengue patients being reported.

Source:http://reliefweb.int/report/sri-lanka/dengue-risk-heightens-colombo

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