Dengue strikes back this year

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council yesterday said that a majority suspected dengue cases in the city were children.

 Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuny said that over 2,980 suspect dengue cases had been reported in the city from the beginning of the year to December 15. Out of them 764 cases were below the age of five years. About 1203 cases were between six and 20 years of age. Last year, too, over 20 per cent of dengue cases had been below the age of 20, he said.

The total number of cases reported from the Colombo city last year was 3,860.

Cinnamon Gardens, Wellawatta, Grandpass and Modera were identified as high risk areas by the PHD. Over ten dengue deaths had been reported so far this year from the city. Amongst them was the wife of a Public Health Inspector attached to the CMC.  

The CMOH said that programmes to control the situation would be carried out in collaboration with the Health Ministry and armed forces.

 Meanwhile, the total number of dengue cases in the country topped 43,000 by December 12. There were 32063 cases last year. However in 2012, over 44,000 cases were reported from all parts of the country.

 The highest number of dengue cases is reported from the Colombo District (13,599) this year followed by Gampaha (7,896), Ratnapura (2,733), Kalutara (2,471), Kandy (2,052), Kurunegala (2,263), Kegalle (1,595) and Galle (1,087).

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