By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Sri Lanka report that dengue-related fatalities have been reported in the dozens this year to date and additional dengue strains have been identified as circulating this season.

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Through today, Sri Lanka has reported 36,858 dengue fever cases with Colombo, Gampaha and Galle RDHS reporting the most.

The Western Province recorded 16,349 dengue cases which is the highest to date.

In addition, 54 dengue deaths have been recorded through Aug. 9, this compares with 58 reported in 2018.

Health officials note that DEN-3 and DEN-4 serotypes have been seen this season, while historically, only DEN-1 and DEN-2 were reported.

Government officials are advising the public to spend at least 30 minutes daily eliminating mosquito breeding sites.

Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe warned the public not to take drugs such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium, and mefenamic acid.

Medical experts and consultants advise pregnant women to seek admision to a hospital on the first day of fever and the public should seek medical treatment for any type of fever without delay and without resorting to home remedies.