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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

Dengue fever kills 85 in Sri Lanka

By Prasad Gunewardene in Colombo

Colombo, 03 June, (Asiantribune.com): Dengue fever, transmitted by an infected 'Aedes' mosquito, which contract a deadly virus called 'Favivirus', now fast spreading in Colombo and many other districts have taken 85 lives, the highest death toll recorded so far in the history of the outbreak of the deadly flu, medical experts said today.

The flu has been contracted by another 7000 persons who are presently being treated in state hospitals islandwide, reports from hospitals stated.

Among the worst hit districts are Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy and Kurunegala,reports said.

Dengue is a virus spread by an infected mosquito mainly in tropical countries and, if neglected could be fatal.

Health authorities have cracked down on residents who allow mosquito breeding grounds
and laws have been effected to fine offenders and even jail them.

A Health Ministry spokesman said that necessary medicine and injections have been sent to all hospitals to treat the affected indoor patients.

- Asian Tribune -

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