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Dengue in Sri Lanka: 47 dead, over 200,000 infected since January

  • Published at 06:04 pm August 5th, 2019
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Last year, over 50 people had died because of the mosquito-borne virus in the island country

Forty-seven people have died and over 200,000 have been infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first seven months this year, the government information department said on Monday.

Till the end of July, a total of 234,078 dengue cases were reported, with the highest number of cases reported from the Colombo district with 7,260 cases, over 3,000 Gampaha on the outskirts of Colombo and over 2,000 in Kalutara, said the department quoting the Epidemiology Unit as saying, reports Xinhua.

The Epidemiology 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," said epidemiologists. "Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) can be fatal."

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

Last year, over 50 people died and over 48,000 were affected by the mosquito-borne virus in Sri Lanka, with the National Dengue Control Unit launching several programs to eradicate mosquito's breeding grounds in several districts of the island country.

This year, dengue has also gripped Bangladesh, infecting 27,437 people and killing 18 people between January 1 and August 5, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

The unofficial death toll, however, stood around 60 people across the nation.