Dengue fever deaths increase in Sri Lanka

Dengue fever has been a major public health problem in Sri Lanka. This year, there have been more than 17,600 infected people reported, and 24 of them have died. The number of cases has increased significantly compared to the same period last year. Most of the cases have occurred in the Colombo District, followed by the Gampaha, Galle, Jaffna, Trincomalee, and Kurunegala districts.

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Advice For Travellers

The absence of reports from other areas does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

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