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Health authorities sound alarm as fly numbers surge amidst receding floodwaters heightening diarrhoea

June 11, Colombo (LNW): As floodwaters retreat, health authorities express concern over the surge in fly numbers, heightening the risk of diarrhoea outbreaks and the spread of contagious viral fevers.

Flooded areas, rich in organic matter, accelerate the hatching of fly eggs, leading to a swift rise in fly populations as waters recede, Consultant Dr. Deepal Perera explained.

These newly emerged flies, in search of sustenance, are drawn to faeces, rubbish, and contaminated surfaces, worsening the health crisis, he pointed out, warning that the consequences of this increase in fly populations are severe.

Flies are notorious carriers of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses responsible for diarrheal diseases and viral fevers,” the specialist emphasised.

Consumption of contaminated food and water sources can result in symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, and diarrhoea, he added.

Moreover, he highlights a heightened risk of contracting contagious viral fevers, characterised by symptoms like fever, headache, and nausea, particularly in areas with a high fly density.

To address the escalating fly numbers and curb associated health hazards, the public is urged to dispose of garbage in sealed containers and uphold clean water sources.

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