Colombo, Jan 8 (newsin.asia) – A total of 56 people were killed and over 50,000 infected by the dengue virus in Sri Lanka in 2018, the government information department, quoting the Epidemiology Unit said here Tuesday.
According to statistics from the Epidemiology Unit, the highest number of dengue cases had been reported from the capital Colombo District with over 10,000 cases.
This was followed by over 5,600 cases reported from the Gampaha District in the outskirts of Colombo and the Batticaloa District, in eastern Sri Lanka which reported over 4,800 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,” epidemiologists here said.
“Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) can be fatal,” they added.
The National Dengue Control Unit, in a statement has instructed the public to keep the environment clean and free of dengue mosquito breeding sites. Special attention should be paid to construction sites, religious places, schools etc.and at least 30 minutes per week should be allocated to clean all mosquito breeding sites, the National Dengue Control Unit said.