The Medical Research
Institute (MRI) of the Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry has
tested 2,906 blood samples for Dengue during last five
months and found 1,667 of them were Dengue positive,
Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry spokesman said.
He said apart from those
general blood tests, the MRI has also conducted 45 special
medical tests to confirm the Dengue virus and 13 of such
tests had confirmed that the virus was Dengue.
The MRI continues the
research and medical tests to find out whether there is any
change in the Dengue virus.
The number of patients died
from dengue fever has gone up to 145 and the number of
affected persons had been recorded as 11,190. The most
affected districts are Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Kegalle and
Kurunegala. According to the latest statistics of the
Epidemiology Unit, 1,684 dengue patients and 14 deaths have
been reported from Colombo district so far.
The number of dengue
patients reported from Colombo district during last month
There are 422 dengue cases
reported from the Colombo district during this month up to
22, he said.
Healthcare and Nutrition
Ministry has issued notices to 283 persons in 12 MOH areas
in Colombo so far and checked 23,100 homes. Mosquito
breeding sites were found in 6,138 homes. They have already
been warned, he added.
Meanwhile the WHO has
informed the media to use Novel Influenza (A)H1N1 to name
the Influenza virus spreading in the world these days. Many
media use the name `Swine flu’ for the disease but it has
nothing to do with pigs.
The virus spread from man to
man and therefore it should be called as (A)H1N1.