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The changing weather conditions the world over have not only resulted in floods and landslides but also in a global outbreak of the dengue epidemic, Parliament was informed yesterday.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the US Centre for Disease Control had so far sent out 900 dengue alerts globally with 400 alerts had sent out to countries in the Asian region.

"Sri Lanka is also affected by the global epidemic while South Asia is the most affected," he said in response to a question asked by the joint opposition parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardene in the House last morning.

The minister said Dengue Virus 1 and 3 was present in Sri Lanka at the moment. He said 48 people in Sri Lanka had died last year which is 0.2 per cent of those affected and added that in Sri Lanka it was the young adults and the elderly among the worst affected.

The minister said several precautionary had been taken to prevent the spread of the disease in Sri Lanka such as the carrying out constant checks on places such as schools. He said a special ward has been set up at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Mulleriyawa to care for the dengue patients.

Earlier, Mr. Gunawardene had said there were 45,000 dengue patients in Sri Lanka up to now.

"The statement by the health authorities that they alone cannot handle the situation is a clear indication on how grave the situation had become," he said. (Yohan Perera)


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  • Indrajith Saturday, 27 May 2017 02:03 PM

    Don't blame the weather patterns, blame the mismanagement of politicians. This is like "Thun Biya" in "Wisala Mahanuwara" during King Lichchawi's time. Dengue, Floods and Devils(Yakku) the politicians, the Thun Biya in Sri Lanka.

    ceylon Saturday, 27 May 2017 02:21 PM

    political wreather pattern also changed a lot.why not start again to find rajapaksa group hidden billions. via DM Android App

    Missaka Saturday, 27 May 2017 03:15 PM

    He is lucky to have some excuses!

    Banda Saturday, 27 May 2017 03:56 PM

    Put all your incapabilities and failures to handle disasters on nature. Things happen no one can stop those. What matters is how you respond to it. In that sense your govt is an utter failure. via DM Android App

    Citizen Saturday, 27 May 2017 06:44 PM

    Changing political patterns are clear after May Day

    Brainmaster Saturday, 27 May 2017 07:42 PM

    come on global weather change....the reason if our dengue increase is that we are suffocating in garbage and allover are breeding grounds for mosquitos incl. clogged waterdrains. via DM Android App

    Lara Sunday, 28 May 2017 12:38 AM

    Most incompetent health minister ever.

    seqi Sunday, 28 May 2017 11:22 AM

    need a Ministry of Water Drainage not ministers that drain resouces into pockets. via DM Android App

    Henda Barasika Sunday, 28 May 2017 06:32 PM

    APPOINT A HENA GAHANA AMATHI to the cabinet of SL(all will get HENA sooner or later).


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