Dengue fever – Sri Lanka
Disease Outbreak News
19 July 2017
From 1 January to 7 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka reported 80 732 dengue fever cases, including 215 deaths. This is a 4.3 fold higher than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016, and the monthly number of cases exceeds the mean plus three standard deviations for each of the past six months. Based on sentinel site surveillance for the past seven years the expected peak months of May to July coincides with the south-western monsoon which commences in late April.
Approximately 43% of the dengue fever cases were reported from the Western Province and the most affected area with the highest number of reported cases is Colombo District (18 186) followed by Gampaha (12 121), Kurunegala (4889), Kalutara (4589), Batticaloa (3946), Ratnapura (3898), and Kandy (3853). Preliminary laboratory results have identified Dengue virus serotype 2 (DENV-2) as the circulating strain in this outbreak. Although all four DENV have been co-circulating in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years and DENV-2 has been infrequently detected since 2009.
The current dengue fever outbreak occurs in a context of massive heavy rains and flooding and is currently affecting 15 out of 25 districts in Sri Lanka where almost 600 000 people have been affected. Heavy monsoon rains, public failure to clear rain-soaked garbage, standing water pools and other potential breeding grounds for mosquito larvae attribute to the higher number of cases reported in urban and suburban areas.
Triage is defined as (in medical use) the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties.
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Physician, St. Peter’s University
DR RHONDA HUTSON
Dr. Hutson attained her Doctor of Medicine (DM) degree in Emergency Medicine in 2002 and since then, has been appointed as a Consultant at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
She is a fully trained Sexual Assault Examiner (adult and paediatrics) and completed a Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine in 2009. In addition to clinical duties, she is presently an Associate Lecturer with the University of the West Indies and the Clerkship Coordinator in Emergency Medicine for medical students. Clinical and academic interests are electrocardiography, toxicology and sexual assault management. She is currently collaborating with a multidisciplinary team on the development of a national sexual assault training protocol, and has been integrally involved in island-wide training. Dr. Hutson is also an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Trainer and provider and an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) trainer and provider.