Dengue fever reported to be spreading rapidly in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan health authorities have issued a “Red Alert” for large parts of the country due to the rapid spread of dengue fever. Although the actual number of cases is not reported, the alert identified Colombo, Gampaha, Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ratnapura, Kandy and Kegalle as high risk areas. Due to incomplete reporting, lack of access to health care in some areas, and the fact that many persons with dengue fever may not seek medical care and be reported to health authorities, there may be many more cases in the community than are reported. Travellers to these areas can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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