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Public warned of Dengue danger

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi Friday warned the public against a dengue outbreak due to expected monsoonal rains across the island country.

The government information department, in a statement quoting Wanniarachchi said that in the recent past there was a greater rise in dengue infections in urbanized and congested areas in Sri Lanka.

Usually, the most number of dengue cases are reported mid-year from May to July during the southwest monsoons and at the end of the year from October to January during the northeast monsoons.

The minister warned that with focus presently on the COVID-19 pandemic if measures are not taken to address the dengue situation as well, the country will have to face an unfortunate fate.

“Therefore, the Minister instructed health officials to take action to implement a proper program to address the dengue issue and instructed them to pay special attention to the construction sites which have been stopped due to the current situation in the country, to ensure these sites don’t become dengue breeding grounds,” the statement said.

According to official statistics from the Health Ministry, the first dengue case in Sri Lanka was reported in the country in 1962 and the first epidemic was reported in 1965-1966.

Last year, over 99,000 people were affected by the mosquito-borne virus in Sri Lanka with 90 deaths reported. The National Dengue Control Unit launched several programs to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds in several districts of the country.



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