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Dengue on the run again

Threat of Dengue is escalating again with 620 Dengue cases along with five deaths being reported in January 2009, alone.
Epidemiology Unit Consultant Dr. Hasitha Tissera said that it is very essential to seek medical assistance if there is continuous fever for more than three days.

“Numbers of Dengue victims reported were 179 in the first two weeks of the month and now the number has increased up to 620. Therefore, it is very important to seek medical assistance immediately and to keep the surroundings clean,” Dr. Tissera said.
Further he also said that Dengue mosquito bites during the day time, especially in the mornings and evenings, thus, people should be more careful during that particular time.

He said that Dengue fever could be divided into two categories such as Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever and Dengue Shock Syndrome. Common symptoms were high fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting and pain in the bones.
“The symptoms might drop in three to four days, but it can develop to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever,” Dr. Tissera warned.

Explaining further about Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, he noted that it is very important to seek medical assistance without any delay. “Symptoms are, bleeding from the nose and gums, brown or black vomit, continuous stomach pain and enlargement of the liver.”

Another category of dengue fever, which is known as Dengue Shock Syndrome can be identified if a patient still feels ill even after the high temperature decreased.

This can be identified by symptoms such as a drop in body temperature, paleness and restlessness.
“More than the medicine, it is rest that really matters to cure Dengue and the environment should be kept clean. All unwanted containers where water can be collected should be destroyed. Dengue victims should consume more fluids, fresh vegetables and fruits to boost their immune system,” he noted.

Dr. Tissera added that cleaning school premises has been made a compulsory activity in the school timetables since dengue is spreading rapidly and the Ministry of Healthcare has taken all possible steps to educate people on deadly illness and its vulnerability. (KA)

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