Dengue cases set to rise

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 13 2021

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The inclement weather being experienced islandwide increases the possibility of the rise in the number of dengue cases being reported. The Epidemiology Unit website said a total of 13,473 dengue cases had been recorded from the beginning of January till 8 October 2021. A total of ten dengue deaths were recorded within this period. 

From January to September end, last year, a total of 28,025 cases were recorded. The country experienced a total of 35 dengue deaths from January to end December last year. In 2021, the highest number was recorded in the month of July (2,385), while last year the 11,608 recorded in January was the highest. However, the prevailing COVID-19 situation experienced in the country last year and this year has contributed largely towards the relatively low number of cases being reported due to the mosquito-borne disease.

 However, Consultant Community Physician National Dengue Control Programme (NDCP), Dr. Shilanthi Seneviratne said there were more and more cases being reported than last year. Dr. Seneviratne said 20 MOH areas in the Western Province had been identified as Priority High Risk areas, while in the entire country there were about 158 of them. 

The highest number of dengue cases were recorded from Colombo (3,359), Batticaloa (3,000), Gampaha (1,306), Kalutara (1,067 and Kurunegala (815). Last year, the highest numbers were recorded from Colombo (4,257), Batticaloa (3,717) Kandy (3,443), Gampaha (2,666), Trincomalee (2,296) and Kalutara (1,810). The Entomological surveys have shown that the closed schools, religious places and construction sites contributed largely towards the increase in breeding sites.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 13 2021

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