Sri Lanka - Dengue Outbreak (DG ECHO, IFRC, WHO, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka, Local Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 25 July 2017)

  • 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.

  • Approximately 44% of the dengue fever cases were recorded from the Western Province, which experienced heavy rains and subsequent flooding and landslides in May 2017. Colombo and Gampaha are most affected districts, accounting for 38% of the total caseload.

  • The hospitals in the affected areas are mostly overcrowded, with 2 – 3 patients per bed. The Government of Sri Lanka has deployed 940 nurses and 1 190 army personnel to assist the district administration in the affected areas.