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Dengue Fever in Sri Lanka

02 August 2011

Sri Lanka recorded the highest number of dengue fever cases of the year this month (July 2011), latest statistics released by the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry showed. In July 2011, 3697 cases of dengue fever were reported countrywide, making a total of 13 975 cases so far this year. A total of 112 patients have died of the mosquito-borne disease. Most of the dengue patients and deaths have been reported from the Western Province. Colombo district has seen the most cases with 5454 patients and 51 deaths.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.