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Dengue on the decline

Sep 16, 2010 4:46:20 AM - itnnews.lk

Health officials have reported a significant drop in the number in the reported dengue cases.

According to the Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit, 58 cases of the mosquito-borne disease occurred during the second week of September, down from nearly 600 cases a week earlier. No deaths had been reported. By comparison, 4,103 cases and 21 deaths occurred in August. The ongoing clean-up efforts and changing weather patterns are attributed to the drop. Most cases occur between April and August when light rains are frequent, allowing mosquito breeding areas to multiply. According to the World Health Organization, there is no effective vaccine against dengue available or drug treatment for those who become infected.