Approximately 30 of dengue patients are children

Approximately 30% of dengue patients are children between the years of 5 -19 years, according to the National Dengue Control Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH).Sri Lanka is reporting an increased number of dengue cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today. 301 deaths from dengue have been reported from the MoH for the year 2017. From 1 January to 28 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Sri Lanka reported 110 372 cases of dengue. WHO presented an intensified strategic and operational plan to rapidly reduce dengue morbidity and mortality in Sri Lanka. The Plan was accepted by the Minister of Health.The Entomologist and Technical Officer deployed by WHO SEARO have conducted trainings for entomologists and public health inspectors in vector control. A media workshop was held by WHO, MOH and UNICEF on 27 July to seek the continued support of the media in spreading awareness on the importance of vector control and personal protection in curtailing the spread of dengue.Approximately 44.5% of cases and 53% of deaths were reported from the Western province. The most affected areas are the Colombo district (23 574 cases) followed by Gampaha (19 046), Ratnapura (6583), Kalutara (6525) and Kandy (6475).The highest numbers of dengue cases thus far were reported during June 30, 2017 – July 7, 2017. (Colombo Gazette)

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