Eight returnees from African continent infected with malaria

Eight returnees from African continent infected with malaria

July 9, 2020   09:46 am

-

Eight Sri Lankans who had recently returned to the country from the African Continent are reported to have contracted malaria.

Dr. Prasad Ranaweera, Director of Malaria Control Campaign stated that the infected persons are currently stationed at quarantine centers.

Five among them are at the Pelwehera quarantine center while the other three persons are at the Waikkal quarantine center in Negombo.

Dr. Ranaweera points out that although no malaria cases have been reported within Sri Lanka since 2012, people arriving from overseas have been diagnosed with the disease.

Reportedly, 53 people who had returned to the island had been infected with malaria, last year alone.

However, this is the first time that a large number of people have been diagnosed with malaria at the same time.

Considering this situation, it has been decided to carry out a malaria test in addition to the PCR test on all persons arriving from malaria-risk countries.

Further, a special program has been launched to eradicate malaria mosquitoes around the quarantine centers, added Dr. Ranaweera.

Disclaimer: All the comments will be moderated by the AD editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or slanderous. Please avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment and avoid typing all capitalized comments. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by flagging them(mouse over a comment and click the flag icon on the right side). Do use these forums to voice your opinions and create healthy discourse.

Most Viewed Video Stories