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Ten people have died from the dengue virus this year. The number of dengue cases reported so far this year is 10.

The health sector urges the public to be vigilant about dengue.

Dr. Shiranthi Seneviratne, Community Health Specialist, National Dengue Control Unit, said that the number of dengue patients has increased with the rainy weather.

The highest number of patients is reported from the Western Province, which accounts for about 68% of the total, the community doctor said.

In addition, an increase in the number of dengue patients has been reported in Kandy, Galle, Matara, Kurunegala, Badulla, Ratnapura and Kegalle districts.

Although there has been a decrease in premises inspections due to the coronavirus epidemic in the recent past, authorities say that dengue mosquito control programs are currently being implemented in the Western and Eastern Provinces.

In addition, mosquito control programs including environmental inspections and awareness programs have been implemented at the office of the Medical Officer of Health.

Dr. Shiranthi Seneviratne emphasized that when preparing to reopen schools, school premises should be inspected for mosquito breeding grounds and cleaned.

“Anyone can be infected by a mosquito bite with the dengue virus. Symptoms of dengue include fever, headache, under eye pain, muscle aches, and joint pain. If you have any of these symptoms, you can see a qualified doctor in no more than two days and be tested to see if you are infected with dengue, ”she said.

If you are taking any medication for the flu, you should only take the prescribed dose of paracetamol, and the doctor said that you should never use other medications.

Otherwise, complications due to dengue are more likely to cause bleeding and make it harder to heal, the specialist said.

Doctors also stress that dengue is a preventable disease and that action should be taken to keep the environment clean.

Dengue is one of the leading vector-borne diseases in Sri Lanka and the first case of dengue was confirmed in 1962 by laboratory tests.

According to research by the Medical Research Institute, the spread of dengue continued throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with epidemics occurring over a period of time.

However, dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever are rarely reported during this period.

In addition, 1980% - 1985% of patients treated for viral conditions during the period 14-24 were infected with dengue, and it was found that all four groups of viruses were prevalent in Sri Lanka during this period.

Dengue viruses 2 and 3 were also found to be present in a greater number of patients.

The first dengue hemorrhagic and traumatic epidemic due to group 3 dengue virus was reported in 1989-1990.

Researchers also speculate that this may be the first time in many years that the dengue 3 virus has been circulating in Sri Lanka.

Since then, there has been a gradual increase in the number of patients and more severe dengue hemorrhagic and traumatic epidemics in Sri Lanka.

Under these circumstances, in 1996, dengue was added to the list of mandatory diseases.

Excerpt - BBC Sinhala News Service

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