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Sri Lanka dengue count tops 150,000 just before National Mosquito Control Week

As the Sri Lanka Health Ministry outlines plans to launch National Mosquito Control Week later this month, the total case count in the country has topped 150,000 cases, more than three times the numbers reported in 2016 at this time.

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Although there is a significant drop in the number of dengue patients now, health officials warns the risk remains with the north-east monsoon rains.

According to the National Dengue Prevention Unit earlier 10,000 patients per week have been recorded and it has reduced to 1,500 per week currently.

The threat of spreading dengue still exists in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Matara, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalmunai and Kandy districts, according to health officials.

Through September 8, 150,407 cases have been reported with the most seen in Colombo, Gampaha and Kandy.

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