Dengue cases declining in Sri Lanka

Sept 14, Colombo: Latest figures released by the Epidemiology Unit of Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry show that the dengue cases are on the decline during the past month.

According to the statistics released on Tuesday, in the first two weeks of September only 585 cases of dengue have been reported.

Sri Lanka recorded the highest number of dengue cases of this year in July with 4,774 patients. However, the number has declined 22% compared to the reported cases in July 2010.

In the month of August the number of dengue cases had declined to 2,055 cases, 51% decline, compared to the same month last year.

So far in 2011 there have been 17,710 reported cases and 126 deaths.

Most of the dengue patients and deaths have been reported from the Western Province.

Colombo district has seen the most cases with 6,950 patients and 59 deaths. In Gampaha district 2,723 patients have been reported and 20 of them have died.

Sri Lanka has taken strict measures to control the spread of the disease by eradicating the breeding grounds of the dengue mosquito.

Sri Lanka’s success in controlling the dengue menace has prompted the Pakistan’s Punjab Provincial government to seek help from Sri Lanka to control the dengue epidemic in the Province.

On a request made by the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo, the government sent a 11-member expert team to Pakistan yesterday to assist the dengue eradication in Punjab Province.

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