Dengue lurking in Trinco

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From 1 to 20 May, 189 dengue patients were detected in the Trincomalee District Health Service area, with 62 of them being from the Naval Base, according to Deputy Regional Health Services Director Dr.PremAnand.

Addressing a media briefing on the spread of dengue and its control in 10 of the 12 Divisions in Trincomalee, he said  189 dengue patients were detected in the first 20 days of May.

Trincomalee, Uppuveli, Kinniya, and Muthur have been identified as dengue risk zones. The public has been made aware of the situation and water collecting areas are being drained to prevent the spread.

He said in the event the public did not clean such areas, the law would be enforced against them. From 1 January to 20 May this year, 770 dengue patients were detected. During the corresponding period last year, only 312 dengue patients were detected. He said the increase to 770 in the first five months of this year was not a good sign.

In another development, an 11-year-old schoolboy died on 21 May at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital as a result of the dengue outbreak in Jaffna. Karunakaran Aaron, a student at Perrix College in Jaffna from Pandiyanthavu succumbed to the virus. He was taken to Jaffna Teaching Hospital and died two days later.

At the moment, 28 dengue patients are being treated in the Jaffna Peninsula, and another 17 suspected dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals across the peninsula.

BY Lakmal K. Baduge (Trincomalee) and Rasadi Chathuranga Gamage (Vavuniya)