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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 - 19:05
A strain of dengue that shows no symptoms.
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The Epidemiology Unit states that the dengue virus has metamorphosed into a more severe state where it does not show initial symptoms.

There are several initial symptoms to identify dengue including high fever, vomiting and body pains.

However at this new second stage of the disease the symptoms do not appear.

Latest testing by the epidemiology unit has found that the disease now skips a stage and moves directly into the dengue shock syndrome.

The unit added that this new development is seen in many places in the world and has resulted in the rise of fatalities.

We spoke to Director of the Dengue Prevention Unit Dr.Ranjith Batuwanthudawa to find out more details.

Sources indicate that the health services are fully trained and equipped to deal with this situation as well.

The Health Ministry has also taken steps to upgrade the dengue treatment services in light of this situation.

Accordingly, 250 Intensive Care Units have been set up at hospitals islandwide.

The epidemiology unit has urged those with slight fever symptoms to seek medical advice even in the absence of other significant dengue symptoms.

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