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Monday, May 2, 2011

Sri Lanka : Dengue on the rise - Eradication process expedited

Via Lankapuvath, excerpt :

" The public are advised to be on the alert as Dengue is rising its head once more with the adverse wet weather conditions in the country, Coordinator of Dengue Program, Dr Nimalka Pannilahetti told Lankapuvath.

It is important to reduce dengue deaths and destroy mosquito breeding places. The process is already underway with the support of the Special Presidential Task Force.

Health Officers in the areas are now conducting surveys to identify and destroy breeding places according to larva (worm) data gathered in areas. Measures are also taken to dengue larva, Dr Pannilahetti said.

The program is being assisted by the District Sectretaries, Health Officers and other government agents.

Over 4225 dengue cases were reported during the month of April with most cases being reported from Colombo, Gampaha and Batticaloa. 39 deaths were also reported so far."

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