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Rise in dengue cases across country

The Dengue Control Unit of the Health Ministry has warned that the number of dengue cases being reported in the country is increasing gradually and it is now becoming an epidemic.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday at the Government Information Department, Dr. Indika Weerasinghe attached to the National Dengue Control Unit said that around 5106 dengue cases have been reported so far in January this year.
Dr Weerasinghe said that over 9,000 dengue patients were reported in December last year.
Meanwhile, he said the number of dengue cases being reported in the Colombo and Gampaha districts has increased rapidly.
Dr.Indika further said that the situation is critical in the Western Province and over 50 percent of the country’s total dengue cases have been reported from the Western Province.

According to him, in the Colombo District, all six Medical Officer of Health areas in the Colombo Municipal Council limits have been identified as risk areas for dengue.

He added 16 of the 18 MOH areas in the Regional Director of Health Services (Colombo) have also been identified as high risk areas.

Dr. Weerasinghe said in the Gampaha District, 13 of the 16 MOH areas are high risk areas adding the situation in the Kalutara District is better than Colombo and Gampaha. However there is a dengue risk at five MOH areas. Outside of the Western Province, there is a light epidemic situation surrounding urban areas such as Galle, Badulla, Jaffna, Kurunegala, Kandy, Puttalam and Ratnapura Municipal Council area. 

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