Over 2,700 dengue cases this month

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Director of the National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU), Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said that a person infected by the mosquito borne disease a second time could develop complications.

However, he noted that whatever the serotype of the dengue virus, the patient had, he or she develops a lifetime immunity to that particular type. Citing an example he said that a person infected with Serotype -02 of the dengue virus would develop lifetime immunity to the particular type of infection. 

NDCU Consultant Community Physician (CCP) Dr. Nimalka Pannilahetti said that dengue was fast reaching epidemic proportions. From the beginning of the year till date there were over 48,670 cases of dengue in the country.

Dr. Pannilahetti said that 2,700 cases had been recorded from beginning of this month till date. In 2021 there were total 35,924 cases of dengue recorded in the country.

The NDCU noted that from the beginning of the year till date there were over 48,670 cases of dengue in the country.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne