Over 13,000 dengue cases upto March 21

A total of 13,345 dengue cases and over ten dengue deaths had been reported up March 21, the Epidemiology Unit said.

According to the epidemiologists, the highest number of dengue cases, 2,056 had been reported from the Colombo district while the second highest number, 1,383 had been reported from the Batticaloa district.The third highest number of dengue cases, 1,262 had been reported from the Gampaha district.

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) reported a total of 572 dengue cases during the same period. The other parts of the Colombo district recorded a total of 1,484 dengue cases.The total number of dengue cases reported from the Western Province is 4,217, the epidemiologists said.

Medical experts advise the public to seek medical treatment without delay for any type of fever without applying home remedies. All fever patients need rest and they should not attend work or attend school.

All fever patients should take Paracetamol only. All the other medications, especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen cause dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) which can become fatal, they said.

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