Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry warns of a dengue and rat fever epidemics

Apr 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry has alerted the public of possible outbreaks of dengue and leptospirosis (rat fever) due to the prevailing rainy weather.

According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry 31 deaths from leptospirosis have been recorded among 2,785 cases so far this year. The month of March has seen 1,576 and there have been 407 cases so far in April.

A total of 3,784 cases of dengue have been recorded with 32 deaths from the mosquito-borne disease. There have been 716 cases of dengue in the month of April alone. Most of the deaths were reported from the Colombo district.

The Health Ministry has warned the public to be vigilant and keep their environments clean to deter mosquito breeding during the rainy season.

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