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
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
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