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25 Jul 2017 description
  • An increased number of dengue cases have been reported in Sri Lanka since the beginning of 2017.

  • The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka reported 105 153 dengue fever cases, including 296 deaths from 1 January to 24 July 2017. This caseload is nearly four times higher than the average number of dengue cases during the same period between 2010 and 2016.

25 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 105153 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends.

Approximately 44.00% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

25 Jul 2017 description

The Action Plan to Control the Dengue Epidemic prepared by WHO representatives, who arrived in the island, will be implemented. It will control Dengue by 50 percent within four weeks, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne said.

He said the Action Plan would be implemented after apprising the officers of the Health Ministry in this regard today (24th July).

24 Jul 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A total of 103,114 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit, Sri Lanka from all over the island for the last 7 months in the year of 2017 with over 296 deaths. The trend diagram below clearly shows the outbreak proportions dengue is taking in the year 2017 in comparison to each year from 2010 to 2017. The current outbreak is predominantly due to Dengue Fever Virus Type 2 (DEN-2), to which the population has become susceptible due to immunological mechanisms.

24 Jul 2017 description

90 865 cases

269 deaths

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sri Lanka’s current dengue outbreak is having an adverse impact on public health. Since January until 17th July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has reported 90 865 dengue cases and 269 deaths.

24 Jul 2017 description

Kuala Lumpur / Colombo / Geneva, 24 July 2017 — As the number of dengue cases tops 100,000 in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are rapidly scaling up emergency assistance to help contain the country’s worst-ever outbreak of the mosquito-borne viral disease.

Dengue patients are streaming into overcrowded hospitals that are stretched beyond capacity and struggling to cope, particularly in the country’s hardest hit Western Province.

23 Jul 2017 description

More than 1190 Army personnel covering Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Kandy, Matale, Kegalle, Ratnapura and Galle Districts joined hands with the island-wide mega 'Apima Arambamu - Dengue Duralamu' (Let us begin ourselves to eradicate Dengue) project, launched this morning (21) in most vulnerable locations in above Districts.

23 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 102809 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 43.65% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

22 Jul 2017 description

Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has taken steps to implement a joint mosquito prevention program in fisheries harbor premises in parallel to the national Dengue prevention program.

Accordingly, the program, organized by the Ceylon Fisheries Harbours Corporation was commenced at 20 fisheries harbors today on the instructions of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

An awareness program for fishermen and their families on keeping the fisheries harbours free from mosquitoes was also held.

22 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 101698 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 43.80% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

21 Jul 2017 description

by Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society

Saumya Sanesha reads a headline in one of the local newspapers which says, “Worst dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka; 298 deaths.” As she heads out the door, she thinks about the importance her day’s assignment and all the people in her community whose lives are at risk.

21 Jul 2017 description

Sri Lanka Army released 189 acres of land situated in the Security Force Headquarters - Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) Army Cantonment premises on Wednesday (19th July), states Army media sources.

With the release of this land, families who were living elsewhere will be able to return to their original places of residence in Keppapilavu. The land was handed over to the Maritimepattu Divisional Secretary in the presence the Mullaitivu District Secretary by Brigadier General Staff, SFHQ-MLT during the ceremony.

21 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 98390 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 42.26% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

21 Jul 2017 description

20/07/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society & the Singapore Red Cross entered into a memorandum of understanding to provide relief and care for the people affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.

20 Jul 2017 description

SG/SM/18619

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General commends the Government of Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons, a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones.

The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the Secretary-General looks forward to the Office of Missing Persons becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners.