June 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka health authorities say dengue fever has become a major public health problem and the number of dengue cases has been steadily rising from the beginning of the year.
The number of deaths due to dengue shows an upward trend despite that it is still less than 1% of the total infected with the disease, the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry says.
According to the Epidemiology Unit statistics, there have been 6,720 cases and 60 deaths reported this year up to last week.
The number of cases has been steadily increasing from a 910 cases in January to 1,881cases in May.
A majority of dengue cases, 2,257 and 22 deaths have been reported from the Colombo district.
Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry alerts the public to keep households clean to prevent the spread of dengue and ensure that homes are free from mosquito breeding sites.