May 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan health officials warn that with the prevailing rainy weather conditions in the country dengue is on the rise and advise the public to be on alert and take precautions against the mosquito-borne disease .
Coordinator of Dengue Program, Dr.Nimalka Pannilahetti has told the National news Agency Lankapuvath that the health officials are now conducting surveys to identify and destroy mosquito breeding places according to data gathered on the larvae count in areas favorable for breeding.
The program is conducted with the assistance from the District Secretaries, health officers and other government agents.
According to the data from the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, so far in this year up to today, 4,368 cases of dengue have been reported. Among those, 39 cases have resulted in deaths. The month of April alone has seen 1,294 cases 8 deaths.
A majority of dengue patients, 1,440 of the total, were from the Colombo district. Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, and Batticaloa districts also have reported large numbers of dengue cases.