Dengue fever claims 180 lives in Sri Lanka
www.chinaview.cn 2009-07-18 10:59:51   Print

     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 year. 

Editor: Lin zhi
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