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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

Dengue related complications and deaths taken into consideration

By Manjari Peiris
Coiombo, 30 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Dengue related complications and deaths taken into consideration. There have been 19,825 dengue related complications and 22 deaths reported during the past five months, said Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi. With the onset of monsoonal rains this number could increase.

Since the number of dengue patients and deaths were much higher than COVID 19 related patients and deaths, it is extremely important for people to take much care in this regard, the Minister added. However, the year 2020 is much better than 2019.

The Minister directed that dengue prevention units from the level of local councils, be strengthened and the raids by environmental police be increased to identify those who have dengue breeding sites within their premises.

The Chief Epidemiologist of the Government Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said people engaged in paddy cultivation should take two 100 mg anti-bacterial medicine, Doxycyline daily, to destroy the bacteria 'genus Leptospira'.

According to him, during the first four months of this year, there have been nine patients out of 500, affected with Leptospirosis, which is more commonly known as rat fever. Stagnated water in paddy fields, culverts and lakes contaminated with rat urine carry Leptospirosis. If diagnosed and treated early it can be fully cured.

Vulnerable areas are Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Ratnapura, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Badulla districts. People with open wounds in their legs should not step into stagnant water.

They must take a Doxycycline tablet daily as an antidote for the disease.

Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Stay Informed, But Don't Forget to Wash Your Hands.

- Asian Tribune -

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