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The Sri Lanka National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) reports that the dengue fever tally in the island nation is just short of 50,000 cases, according to a Sunday Times report today.

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49,941 people were admitted to public hospitals for treatment for dengue in the past eight months, the report notes, with 12,754 patients reported from the Colombo district.

Other districts that reported a high number of cases include Gampaha (7496), Kalutara (4731), Kandy (3995), Galle (2913) and Ratnapura (2357).

Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni said the CMC had run out of chemicals and insecticides used in the control of the Aedes mosquito.

He said the routine control programs usually done during the rainy months of June, July and August had been restricted as the CMC did not have enough funds to buy the chemicals needed. The prices of the chemicals had skyrocketed with appreciation of the US dollar.