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* Nearly 95 percent of population in Colombo municipality inflicted with dengue
Mon, Apr 7, 2014, 10:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 07, Colombo: Authorities in Sri Lanka have said that nearly 95 percent of the people living in the area that falls under the purview of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) have been inflicted with the dengue disease.

Chief Medical Officer of the CMC, Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam told the media that this fact was revealed following tests conducted on a group of people in the Wanathamulla area.

He explained that only 10 percent of those affected by communicable diseases are identified, because 90 percent, who are affected by the disease or are carriers of the virus do not show any of the symptoms of the disease.

According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 776 persons in the CMC area have been affected by dengue since the beginning of the year to date and five deaths had been reported.

Dr. Kariyawasam also raised doubts over the effectiveness of the dengue prevention programs carried out by the authorities.

However, he noted that the population density in the Colombo District is higher than other areas, which is the main reason for the speedy spread of dengue.

During the last 3 months of this year, 6,926 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry from all over the island. Among the reported cases, 2,407 were from Colombo district.

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