January records 3,000 dengue cases

A total of 2,982 dengue cases and four deaths have been reported from all parts of the country up to January 17 this year, Epidemiology sources said.

According to the sources, the Colombo district recorded the highest number of dengue patients (532) and the second highest (316) had been reported from the Gampaha district. The Western Province recorded the highest number of dengue patients (1,013).

Kandy (253), Kurunegala (251), Puttalam (239) and Jaffna (230) also recorded a high number of dengue patients when compared to the other districts.

The Colombo Municipal Council recorded 206 dengue patients during the first 17 days of this year, the sources said. Consultants said fever patients need to seek prompt medical treatment if their fever continues for more than two days.

Pregnant mothers, the elderly, infants, and persons who suffer from other diseases such as diabetes should seek prompt medical attention for fever without any delay.

Treatment should be obtained from a hospital or a qualified doctor. Patients with fever should not attend work or school and they should rest in bed.

They should avoid red food and beverages to assist doctors to diagnose Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). Patients with fever should not take any other medication except Paracetamol.

Other medications such as ibuprofen cause DHF, they added. 

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