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Over 50,000 dengue cases reported in Sri Lanka



The Epidemiology Unit of Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry on Wednesday said the number of reported dengue cases has passed the 50,000 mark.

The unit said that a total of 50,264 cases have been reported so far this year.

The highest number of cases was reported in Gampaha district, the second-most populous district in Sri Lanka.

According to the ministry, 43 high-risk areas for dengue had been identified and it is carrying out mosquito eradication campaigns.

”A total of 31 dengue-related deaths had been reported so far in 2023,” the unit said.

Meanwhile, the meteorology department said there will be heavy rain in the coming days, which can encourage the breeding of mosquitoes.

Sri Lanka registered over 76,000 dengue cases in 2022, according to official data.

Hadiza Mohammed

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