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* Sri Lanka Health Ministry to combat Dengue
Tue, Nov 17, 2009, 09:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has taken immediate preventive measures to combat Dengue fever, which started to spread again with recent heavy rains, Ministry sources said.

Changes in current weather have resulted in several deaths inflicted by the Dengue virus, sources added.

The Ministry has alerted the local institutions and the public to clean their surroundings periodically, to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus in stagnant water collected in discarded containers such as plastic cups, used tires, broken bottles, flower pots, etc.

Prevention of mosquito bites is another way of preventing the disease, the health officials advised. This can be achieved by using insect repellents, mosquito traps, or mosquito nets.

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