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Medical expert says SL already reached dengue epidemic threshold despite warning on coming days

Colombo (LNW): Sri Lanka has already reached the threshold of dengue epidemic despite the authorities’ warning on the probable strike of an epidemic by June this year, disclosed Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, Senior Consultant Physician at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Colombo, speaking to Daily Mirror.

A report by Daily Mirror quoted Dr. Wijewickrama saying, “Normally, the number of patients tend to increase in June and July. Sri Lanka has already recorded over 34,000 cases. In that context, the worst is yet to come.”

In the backdrop, it is essential that the public is taking strict measures to prevent mosquito bites and the spread of the infection, he added.

Records by the Epidemiology Unit reveal that the total number of dengue cases report in Sri Lanka this year is 34,527 and about fifty per cent of the cases are from the Western Province.

Gampaha district stands at the highest record of cases, 7799, whilst Colombo and Kalutara report 7725 and 2033 cases respectively.

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