Dengue peak season around the corner; take care


By Ifham Nizam

The annual dengue peak occurs during June and July and medical experts have warned the public to be cautious due to the prevailing rainy weather.

Some 1,108 persons already infected with dengue have been detected during the first quarter of this month. The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said countrywide 15 people had died and more than 16,000 had been infected.

Patients are advised to avoid medications such as steroids during the fever episode.

Patients who were on special medications like Wayfaring, Aspirin and Clopidogrel should seek medical advice on whether to continue with those drugs as they were not recommended during dengue fever, the EU said.

By April 30, a total of 15,407 dengue cases were recorded with the highest number reported from the Colombo District –– 3,405 cases, the trend continues followed by the Gampaha district with 2,007 cases and Jaffna with 1,783 cases, 

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. Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) can be fatal."

In 2018, more than 50 people died and over 48,000 were afflicted with thedengue virus in Sri Lanka.

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