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* Dengue cases rising in Northern Sri Lanka
Sun, Feb 28, 2010, 12:47 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 27, Colombo: The Mosquito-borne Dengue fever is spreading once again in Sri Lanka, especially in northern Jaffna peninsula with a sharp increase in the number of patients, the data released by the Epidemiology Unit of Sri Lanka, Health Ministry showed.

Over 8,000 dengue cases have been reported so far in the first two months of the year and 46 of tem have been fatal according to the figures released by the Epidemiology Unit on Friday.

The number of cases has risen nearly 260 percent from the corresponding figure during the same period last year. So far 8,001 cases have been reported for the months of January and February opposed to the 2,227 cases reported in 2009.

The Dengue epidemic was mostly prevalent in Colombo, Gampaha and Jaffna districts. Nearly half of the deaths has been reported from these three districts.

The Jaffna district reported the highest number of cases with 1,557 patients and 8 deaths while Gampaha district recorded 1,004 cases and 6 deaths. There were 954 reported cases and 7 deaths in the Colombo district.

According to the Director of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Paba Palihawadana the public help in destroying the breeding grounds of Dengue mosquito is essential to control the spread of the disease.

The government is to purchase the lavicide bacteria, Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis (BTI) from a Cuban company to control the fast spreading dengue epidemic in the country.

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