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Sri Lanka: Ongoing dengue fever outbreak /update 1

Nationwide dengue fever outbreak continues in Sri Lanka; 20,443 suspected cases reported as of June 1

05 Jun 02:52 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/4/2018, 12:00 AM until 6/11/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Colombo). COUNTRY/REGION Sri Lanka
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Event

According to the Sri Lanka Epidemiology Unit, at least 20,443 cases of dengue fever had been reported nationwide between January 1 and June 1. According to reports, the most affected areas are the western regions of the country. Authorities are expected to take measures to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in the coming weeks.

Context

Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rashes. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, the enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.

Advice

Individuals in Sri Lanka are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites - by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping under mosquito netting or in an air-conditioned room - and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).

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