Dengue On The Rise

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The National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU) said that by the third week of June, the number of dengue cases had increased by more than 12 per cent compared to that of the previous week.

In the third week of the month, nearly 2,500 dengue cases had been reported from 25 districts. Of all reported cases more than half were from the Western Province with more than 14 per cent from the Gampaha District and 10 per cent from the Kalutara District. 74 MOH areas have been flagged as high-risk areas and compared to last week, 30 MOH areas had shown a rising number of cases while another 34 MOH areas showed a persistently high number of cases in both, the second and third week of the month.

When compared with the last year’s dengue cases, up to the month of June, an increase of more than 16,000 cases have been reported.

By Kanchana Kolagolla