July 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka recorded the highest number of dengue cases of the year this month, latest statistics released by the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry showed.
In July, 3,697 cases of dengue have been reported from all over the country adding up to 13,975 cases so far this year. A total of 112 patients have died of the mosquito-borne disease.
Most of the dengue patients and deaths have been reported from the Western Province.
Colombo district has seen the most cases with 5,454 patients and 51 deaths. In Gampaha district 2,031 patients have been reported while 16 people have died.
In the Eastern Province Batticaloa has recorded the most with 651 cases and 9 deaths.
A sudden rise in the number of cases has been seen since last month. There were 3,466 cases reported island wide in the month of June while 1,963 patients were recorded in May.
The Health Ministry says the intermittent rain experienced in the country is contributing to the spread of the disease in the warm months.
The Ministry urges the public to keep their environment clean and empty containers with stagnant water to eliminate the breeding grounds of the dengue mosquito.