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Published On: Sun, Dec 9th, 2012

Sri Lanka dengue fever outbreak nears 40,000 cases

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The number of dengue fever cases in Sri Lanka has increased some 11,000 cases compared to the same period in 2011, according to a Sri Lanka Sunday Times report Thursday.

The Sri Lankan Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit said the number of dengue cases reported this year has reached 39,700 by the last week of November.

In November, 3,000 cases were reported, primarily in the  Colombo, Gampaha and Ratnapura districts.

Dengue fever is a disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses (DENV 1, DENV 2, DENV 3, or DENV 4). The viruses are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.

The principal symptoms of dengue fever are high fever that lasts from 2 to 7 days, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding.

More serious and life threatening forms of dengue include dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is no vaccine for prevention of dengue fever and no specific medication for treatment of a dengue infection.

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  1. Sri Lanka sees nearly 50,000 dengue fever cases in 2012 - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] a follow-up to a story in early December, the Sri Lankan Health Ministry says there were nearly 50,000 cases of dengue fever reported in […]

  2. Nicasio Martinez says:

    “Poor man’s disease”
    “There is no known vaccine to treat dengue;” or “There is no known treatment for dengue,” have proven themselves true since the 1950s.
    2008 and 2011 Doctor Sanath Hettige, a gentleman I assume of high honor in the country of his birth, India, twice publish a cure– not treatment now as we understand the word. No hospitalization is required. In 24 hours, platelets and white blood cell speedily increase.
    Is this a case of; “A prophet is not honored in his own hometown?”
    (2008) http://cgpsl.org/downloads/pdf_cgpsl/7.pdf

    (2011) http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/03/repapaya-leaves-speedy-rise-platelet-count-dengue

    The cure has been published more than once– Wake Up Everbody!

  3. Sri Lanka dengue fever outbreak nears 40000 cases | Hope Against Dengue | Scoop.it says:

    […] Sri Lanka dengue fever outbreak nears 40000 case…The Global DispatchThe Sri Lankan Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit said the number of dengue cases reported this year has reached 39,700 by the last week of November.  […]

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