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Sri Lankan Ministry of Health rings alarm over dengue outbreak – Xinhua

COLOMBO, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) – The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health warned on Friday of a dengue outbreak in the country as the death toll reached 80 by the end of October.

The ministry, quoted in the local press, said that by October, more than 60,000 people had been affected by the dengue virus, with the highest number of reported cases in Colombo district.

The ministry has asked the public to take the NS1 test at a state hospital within two days of the fever, as this helps diagnose dengue accurately and quickly.

Medical experts said the death toll so far this year was "alarming" with 58 deaths last year.

Medical experts urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they suffered from high fever, uncontrolled vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and decreased urination.

"All patients with fever need to rest and should refrain from attending work or school," epidemiologists said, adding that Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) could be fatal.

Medical experts also urged pregnant women to seek hospitalization immediately on the first day of fever.

Last year, more than 48,000 were affected by the mosquito-borne virus in Sri Lanka, with the National Dengue Control Unit launching several programs to eradicate mosquito breeding sites in various districts of the island country.

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