Dengue raises its head

Dengue raises its head

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The dengue epidemic is spreading rapidly along with the rainy conditions. Dr. Prassila Samaraweera has said that certain dengue symptoms have change and the people should be apprised of this situation. She made this reference joining in an ITN programme.
Dr. Prassila pointed out that if there are symptoms of high fever, headache, the appearance of patches on the body and vomiting and if the condition was still prevalent in the first 24 hours, a doctor should be consulted and a blood test conducted. There is change this year than in the previous year. That is the fever goes down in patients on the second day. But there is no decline in the symptoms. As such she instructed the public only to take paracetamol and visit a hospital immediately.
The number of dengue cases countrywide has increased rapidly. Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Jaffna, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ratnapura, Kegalla and Matara have been identified as high risk Districts. The President summoned the Dengue Prevention Task Force for an emergency meeting to take expeditious actions for the control of the spread of the disease.
President gave instructions to the officials to take action to launch a national dengue crackdown programme from the first of next month. This would be effective for a period of three months. The President said that it would be a joint effort of the State as well as the Private Sector.