The number of dengue fever cases continue to climb in Sri Lanka, but a much slower pace in the month of August.

An Aedes aegypti mosquito prepares to bite a human. Image/USDA
An Aedes aegypti mosquito prepares to bite a human.

Sri Lanka health officials reported more than 40,000 cases in July and only 16,000 through Aug. 25.

“Dengue cases have dropped in August and special dengue wards in hospitals are closing,” Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

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Despite the minister’s statement and the official numbers from the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiological Unit, some question the true extent of the epidemic.

According to an Economy Next report, a check at some of Sri Lanka’s private hospitals where dengue antigen tests are performed showed that there is currently no requirement to report positive results to the health ministry.

Through Friday, Sri Lanka has officially reported 144,052 cases and as of Aug. 3, 327 people have died.

At the University of Jaffna, at least nine students of the Science Faculty have been stricken with dengue and hospitalized, and one death in a student was reported, prompting closure until Sept. 4, according to a Hiru News report this week.


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