Sri Lanka health officials saw a big decrease in dengue fever cases in 2018, compared to the massive situation last year.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

As you may recall, Sri Lanka saw a record year for dengue fever in 2017 reporting more than 186,000 cases. Good news is that as we come to the close of 2018, the Sri Lanka Epidemiology Unit has only seen 48,669 cases, including some 50 fatalities.

Colombo RDHS is reporting the most cases with 9654 cases, followed by Gampaha, Batticaloa and Jaffna RDHS.

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While dengue cases are down, the number of leptospirosis cases are up by more than 1,000 cases in 2018.

In 2017, 3,600 cases were reported and that grew to 4,887 as 2018 draws down. As in 2017, Ratnapura RDHS reported the most cases with 731, followed closely by Kalutara with 666.