10,607 dengue cases in SL last month

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Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry said Tuesday that 10,607 dengue cases were reported from across the country last month, a 90 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

The Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit said the highest number of cases were reported from Colombo at 1,693, followed by Trincomalee (1,278), Jaffna (1,061), Batticaloa (1,044), Kandy (662) and Gampaha (74), reports Xinhua news agency.

Monaragala, in the Uva Province of the country, was the only district that did not report any dengue cases, while all other districts in the country recorded over 15 patients in January.

Health officials called on the public to be vigilant on mosquito breeding sites and take steps to clean those sites and keep the environment clean on a regular basis.

In 2019, 90 people died and over 99,000 others were affected by the mosquito-borne virus in Sri Lanka, with the National Dengue Control Unit launching several programmes to eradicate mosquito’s breeding grounds.

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