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Dengue mosquitoes have spread to other parts of the country from Colombo by the mosquitoes hitching rides on vehicles that come to Colombo city and are left parked for some time, a health ministry study has revealed.

“Dengue mosquitoes get the opportunity to enter buses, trains and motor vehicles when they remain parked in the city for several hours and travel to many parts of the country with the vehicles on their return journey,” a health ministry spokesman said.

Therefore, the health ministry requests vehicle owners to keep the windows of the vehicles shut when they are parked and open the windows just before they leave so as to get rid of the mosquitoes from the vehicles, the spokesman added.

He said Colombo was one of the most mosquito affected areas and 56 per cent of the total number of dengue patients and dengue-related deaths are from Colombo. Owners of some 400,000 motor vehicles entering the City daily must be aware of the prevalence of dengue in Colombo.

Meanwhile the Government Epidemiology Unit (GEU) said 5,802 suspected dengue cases and 24 deaths have been reported countrywide during the first two months this year.

Nearly 52.06 per cent of the dengue cases were reported from the Western Province. The highest number of dengue cases were reported during the month of January. This situation warrants regular destruction of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment. It is also important to seek medical attention in the event for three days, the GEU advises. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Shai Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:20 AM

    Pls dnt use this point to increase the parking chargers

    manike Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:38 AM

    Most of the vehicles that come to Colombo are parked near drains. Therefore first of all ensure that all the drains in Colombo especially Colombo North are repaired in such a way that water flows freely without stagnation so that mosquitoes can't breed besides checking on cleanliness of private componds.

    M.J Anthony Thursday, 23 February 2012 04:57 AM

    Instead of passing the buck on mosquito travel habits,CMC should fog all areas in a flat bed truck thrice a week using the correct dilution of chemicals.This will bring dengue down together with basic house/land keeping cleanliness.

    Kangaroo Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:56 AM

    Come to wattala area you can see lot of Denug feeding ponds

    Cyril Thursday, 23 February 2012 01:19 PM

    It is high time that CMC gets down the Equipment for DengueNS1 Antigen Test so that detection is possible on the first day in a patient's body.

    Jahufar Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:30 AM

    When I first read the title of this article, I had a vision of a bunch of dengue mosquitoes standing by the road with their thumbs held out to passing vehicles.

    Imran Hussein Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:23 AM

    What pathetic story the health authority came out with. Is it something new that happened in past few weeks to reveal after a study. You find mosquitoes in every pvt buses because of the cleanliness and those ugly dark curtains. These buses creat an idea atmostphere to attract mosquitoes.

    Ravana Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:47 AM

    Good One!! :D

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:19 AM

    Abduct all the dengue mosquitos in white vans and make them disappear !

    david Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:03 AM

    Should pass new legislation to arrest anyone driving without a mosquito coil lighted in the vehicle

    gerard Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:53 AM

    Do they use the super highway ??


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