By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

Sri Lanka’s Epidemiology Unit has reported more than 25,000 dengue fever cases so far this year, according to new data published today.

Aedes aegypti mosquito feeding on a human host/CDC

Through July 5, 25,267 dengue cases have been reported with Colombo reporting one-fifth of the cases nationwide.

The districts reporting the most cases include Colombo (5403), Gampaha (3281) and Galle (2248).

In addition, officials report at least 35 dengue-related fatalities through the first six months of 2019.

In 2018, more than 51,000 dengue cases were reported in Sri Lanka, including more than 50 deaths.

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Dengue infects nearly 400 million people across more than 120 countries each year. Most survive with few or no symptoms, but more than two million annually develop what can be a dangerous dengue hemorrhagic fever, which kills more than 25,000 people each year.

Dengue viruses are arboviruses (arthropod-borne virus) that are transmitted primarily to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

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