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Over one dengue patient per hour

Jul 18, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
About 20 dengue cases are reported a day within the Colombo Municipal Council limits, CMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pradeep Kariywasam said. This does not include dengue victims taking private and ayurveda treatment. Taking into account the unrecorded victims, it seems over one new dengue patient is found in the Colombo City every hour. The dengue death toll reported within the Colombo Municipal area so far is 15 during this year while 1,255 positive cases have been identified, Dr. Kariyawasam said. According to the Epidemiological Unit, there were 148 dengue deaths reported islandwide during this year while 20, 647 cases of dengue were detected. CMC has launched a vigorous campaign to combat dengue. Dr. Kariyawasam said out of the 10,200 premises inspected during the anti-dengue campaign launched by the CMC on Saturday 1,563 premises had dengue mosquito breeding grounds. Only 642 households had followed CMC guidelines to mitigate the dengue threat in their own premises as well as the city, he added. "The householders’ cooperation to prevent mosquito borne diseases were at a very low level and their attitude too was negative.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/07/19/news03.asp