COLOMBO, 8 June 2010 (IRIN) - Health officials
are stepping up their efforts to avert a dengue outbreak in the Sri Lankan
According to the Ministry of Health's
Epidemiology Unit, 1,806 dengue cases were reported in the city of more
than half a million people in May, resulting in nine deaths, for a total
95 deaths this year.
In 2009, 4,813 cases were reported, with
42 deaths, in Colombo.
"We are taking this situation seriously,"
chief medical officer for the Colombo Municipal Council, Pradeep Kariyawasam,