Jaffna reports highest number of Dengue victims

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 May 2010, 23:14 GMT]
Sixty percent of dengue patients who died this year up-to April were adults between the ages of 20-25 years. Last year the victims were mostly children between the ages of 10-15 years, according to the Epidemiology Unit of the Sri Lankan Department of Health. Sri Lankan Health Ministry sources revealed a sharp rise of dengue about 200 percent has been noted in the first four months of this year compared to last year.

According to a department source that a total of 13,283 cases of dengue fever have been reported this year from January to April end, with 76 deaths.

The bulk of cases were reported in January (4,672 with 48 deaths). Jaffna reported the highest number of cases a total of 1,985 with 16 deaths; while Colombo came second with 1,606 cases and 15 deaths (Colombo MC area reported 530 cases and five deaths).

Gampaha came third with a total of 1,574 cases and eight deaths.

Health Ministry declared a Dengue Week commenced on May 3 concluded Sunday.

 

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