By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

The number of dengue fever cases in Sri Lanka has reached 34,078 through Aug. 2, according to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Epidemiology Unit.

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Twenty-one percent of the cases have been reported in Colombo, which has seen 7,260 cases. Gampaha (4,917), Galle (3,397) and Kalutara (2,967) follow, respectively.

While the MOH does not publish dengue-related fatalities, 58 deaths were reported three weeks ago by one media source.

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Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. Approximately, half of the world’s population is at risk and it affects infants, young children and adults. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years. Up to 50-100 million infections are now estimated to occur annually in over 100 endemic countries, putting almost half of the world’s population at risk.

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