So far this year 2023 according to National Dengue Control Unit data, over 44,000 dengue cases report. Dengue fever increases in Sri Lanka, usually soon after rainfall as rains are optimal for mosquito breeding. So far a total of 44,540 suspected dengue cases and 27 deaths reported in Sri Lanka. Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children says that the number of children who are currently receiving treatment for the dengue virus has also increased.
The National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) further says that around 25% of Sri Lanka’s total dengue patients are school children.
Trincomalee, Uppuveli, Kuchchavely, Ratnapura, Eheliyagoda, Kuruwita, Embilipitiya, Puttalam, Polonnaruwa, Thamankaduwa, Kegalle, Mawanella, Warakapola, Dehiowita, Kandy, Gampola(Udapalatha), Yatinuwara and Poojapitiya MOH areas have been identified Dengue high risk zones according to NDCU.
Use Mosquito Nets, long clothing, Mosquito Repellents, Coils, closed doors & windows to avoid mosquito bites. Consult a Doctor if Fever/ Headache/ Joint pain/ Vomiting persist more than 2 days. (LankaXpress.com)