SLMA warns of dengue epidemic with 30,000 cases and 15 deaths in Sri Lanka


In a concerning update, the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) has issued a warning over the rising number of dengue cases in the country. Over the last four months of 2023, more than 30,000 dengue cases have been reported, with almost 50% of them coming from the Colombo and Gampaha districts in the Western Province. The situation has also sparked concerns in the Kalutara and Batticaloa districts.

Tragically, data collected by the SLMA has revealed that 15 individuals have lost their lives to the mosquito-borne virus during this period.

SLMA Assistant Secretary Dr Lahiru Kodithuwakku has raised the alarm over the sudden surge in dengue cases and the potential for an epidemic to break out. With inclement weather conditions predicted, Dr Kodithuwakku has warned that the situation could worsen if proper containment measures are not implemented.

The SLMA’s warning is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by dengue fever and the need for vigilance in combating the spread of this deadly disease.

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