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Dengue on rise – 30 per cent of infectees from Colombo

While the Covid virus is still prevalent in the society, there is a rise in the number of denuge cases islandwide, especially in the Colombo and Gampaha Districts, revealed Dr. Deepal Perera of the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital.

The occurrence of dengue has increased especially among children, he claimed, adding that about 30 per cent of patients have been reported from the Colombo District and 28 per cent, from the Gampaha District.

Dr. Perera went on saying that the second type of dengue had been prevalent in the country so far and that water gathering places in schools, as well as around homes, should be cleaned up in the event that the third type of dengue has now been found.

Despite having the flu for more than two or three days, there is a risk of deaths in non-hospital settings being reported due to the non-admittance to hospitals amid Covid fears, he pointed out.

Unlike Covid, there is no immunity for dengue, Dr. Perera went on, adding that early detection of the infection, therefore, may allow the application of treatments preventing any fatal conditions.

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