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Ministry warns of dengue outbreak

The Health Ministry yesterday warned the public of a possible dengue outbreak and rapidly spreading vector-borne diseases due to rains experienced in the night and the warm weather experienced during the day.

The North and East have the highest risk of a possible dengue outbreak, a ministry spokesman said. According to the spokesman, vector-borne diseases can spread throughout the country, especially in the North and the East, due to the weather. “The country experiences rain at night and the day is extremely warm. Those are ideal conditions for mosquito breeding,” he said.

A total of 22,244 dengue cases had been reported during the past 11 months from all over the country. The total number of dengue deaths reported during the same time period is 151. Around 57.56 dengue cases had been reported from the Western province. July recorded the highest number of dengue cases, the spokesman said.

The Health Ministry has strengthened treatment and care offered to dengue patients through State hospitals on the direction of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena.

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