Dengue fever has been on the rise across Sri Lanka for the past few months, according to the Ministry of Health.
Consultant Physician of the National Dengue Control Unit Community, Dr. Prashila Samaraweera, said that over the past 10 days of the New Year, a total number of 837 dengue related cases have been reported. The highest number of cases have been recorded from Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy and Kegalle districts.
Dengue is caused by the bite of female mosquitoes and causes fever, headache and joint and muscular pains, among other symptoms. It is also referred to as “break bone fever” because of the severe pain it can inflict