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Over 25,000 Dengue Cases Recorded in First Five Months of 2024

According to the National Dengue Control Unit (NDCU), more than 25,000 cases of dengue infections have been recorded in the first five months of this year.

Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, Director of the NDCU, highlighted the alarming discovery of dengue breeding sites in many schools, calling it a dangerous situation. He noted a significant surge in dengue cases last year, with nearly 90,000 reported by the end of 2023.

“In January alone, over 10,000 cases were reported. Overall, more than 25,000 cases have been documented in the first five months of this year. Although the number of patients gradually declined in February, March, and April, there was a slight increase by the end of May. With the prevailing monsoon rains, there is a risk of a further increase in cases,” Dr. Samaraweera stated.

He further reported that 93,874 premises were inspected, identifying 28,310 mosquito breeding sites. Additionally, 4,890 premises with mosquito larvae were found. Alarmingly, mosquito larvae breeding sites were discovered in nearly one in five schools, and 9% of sites were found in places like tuition classes.

Najith Sumanasena, President of the Health Entomology Officer’s Association, added that adverse weather conditions have led to the postponement of organized anti-dengue programs.

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