COLOMBO, July 18 (Xinhua) -- The number of dengue deaths has risen to 180
while 18,030 cases have been reported in Sri lanka sofar, officials from the
Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
They said of the 18,030 cases the highest number of patients was reported
from June totaling 7,005.
This represents a sharp increase as 4,156 dengue cases and 85 deaths were
reported for the whole year of 2008.
Government officials said dengue virus has hit the countrywide this year
affecting mostly the youth, many of them students.
The rapid rise in the level of the epidemic has forced the health
authorities to carry out an extensive public awareness campaign to eradicate the
mosquito based epidemic.
Households have been warned to keep the environment free of mosquitoes.
Those who allow the mosquitoes to breed by allowing stagnating water face
prosecution with a special hotline being made available for public information.
The World Health Organization said some 2.5 billion
people, twofifths of the world's population, are now at risk from dengue and
estimated that there may be 50 million cases of dengue infection worldwide every