Dengue cases doubled in Nov. & Dec. - Dr. Sudath Samaraweera

Dengue cases doubled in Nov. & Dec. - Dr. Sudath Samaraweera

December 31, 2021   11:58 pm

The number of dengue cases reported in Sri Lanka has doubled in November and December, despite the drop in the death toll seen in 2021, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said on Friday (December 31).

Addressing a media briefing held at the Government Information Department, the Director of the National Dengue Control Unit, he said the country has seen a total of 4,561 dengue cases in November and 8,740 in December.

Two-thirds of these infections were meanwhile reported from Western Province, he said, adding that 12% of them were detected within the limits of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and 20% from the rest of the Colombo District. Gampaha District has reported 24% while Kalutara confirmed 10%.

According to Dr. Samaraweera, the dengue unit has identified 15 high-risk districts for this mosquito-borne viral disease.

The general public is advised to keep their environment clean and to get rid of breeding sites for mosquitoes that lead to a sharp rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Dr Nimalka Pannilahetti of the National Dengue Control Unit urged people to seek medical treatment if they are suffering from any symptoms. The characteristic symptoms are sudden-onset fever, headache, cold and muscle and joint pains.

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

Iranian President Raisi is confirmed dead after helicopter crash, officials say

Iranian President Raisi is confirmed dead after helicopter crash, officials say

Sri Lanka commemorates 15th National War Heroes' Day

Sri Lanka's war heroes commemorated in national ceremony (English)

Sajith pledges to appoint task force to look into welfare of war veterans (English)

Businessman arrested for assaulting Iranian Ambassador in Colombo (English)

President meets Elon Musk, discuss implementation of 'Starlink' in Sri Lanka (English)

Ada Derana Prime Time News Bulletin 6.55 pm - 2024.05.19

Thousands of people attend the 2024 Vesak Festival in Dubai