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Wave of infections: almost 115,000 dengue cases in Sri Lanka

Wave of infections: almost 115,000 dengue cases in Sri Lanka


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Holidaymakers take note: around 115,000 dengue cases in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, over 114,000 people have suffered from dengue fever since the beginning of the year. More than 300 patients have died from it. It is the worst outbreak of the dangerous tropical disease in the South Asian country to date. Vacationers should protect themselves.

Over 300 deaths
The severe dengue epidemic in Sri Lanka is spreading further and further. According to a report by the dpa news agency, the Ministry of Health of the island state has now announced that more than 114,000 people have already contracted the virus this year and 315 have died from it. According to the information, this is more than twice as many infections and almost three times as many deaths as in the past year.

So far the most serious outbreak of the disease
According to the Red Cross, it is the worst recorded outbreak of the infectious disease in the South Asian country.

The capital Colombo is most affected by the epidemic. The clinics there are overcrowded.

And the situation could worsen, as Sri Lanka has the second annual monsoon season to come from October. The rain provides ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Avoid mosquito bites
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 2.5 billion people worldwide are threatened by dengue viruses. The disease is transmitted in the tropics and subtropics by predominantly diurnal mosquitoes.

The clinical spectrum in the case of an infection ranges from mild forms that are almost symptom-free, to flu-like complaints with fever, headache, muscle and limb pain, to cases in which there is internal bleeding and vascular damage.

Holidaymakers who travel to the tropical paradise are also at risk. "The number of dengue infections that travelers import to Germany each year is heavily dependent on the epidemiological situation in the countries of infection," writes the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

In 2015, 722 dengue diseases were reported to the RKI, most of them from Thailand. This also has to do with "that this is a heavily frequented long-distance travel destination."

Vaccination against dengue fever is just as little as medication for causal treatment.

To protect yourself from infection, you should avoid mosquito bites. Wearing light-colored clothing and using insect sprays and mosquito nets are options that help against annoying mosquitoes. (ad)

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