Sri Lanka: Dengue cases double in 2019

By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

The Sri Lanka Epidemiology Unit with the Ministry of Health recorded 99,120 dengue fever cases in 2019, nearly double the 51,659 cases seen in 2018. November saw the most cases with more than 21,000.

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In addition, at least 90 clinically confirmed dengue deaths have been reported from all parts of the country this year. Last year, only 58 dengue deaths were reported, Epidemiology Unit sources said.

Colombo district saw the most cases in 2019 with nearly 20,000, followed by Gampaha district and the Kandy district.

With ongoing rainy condition, the Epidemiology Unit has identified five high risk districts: Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Ratnapura and Galle districts.

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Health officials remind the public to be vigilant on mosquito breeding sites and destroy them on a regular basis.

In related news, Sri Lanka will slap price controls on a blood test for dengue (NS1- dengue antigen test) and the complete blood count as intermittent rains pushed the mosquito borne disease towards epidemic levels.

Sri Lanka saw its worst year with dengue fever in 2017 when a record 186,000 cases were reported.


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