CMC warns of fast-spreading dengue

With the incidence of dengue increasing at an alarming rate in Colombo, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is warning the public to be aware of their surroundings and destroy mosquito-breeding places.

CMC’s chief medical officer, Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam said two child deaths and more than 100 cases of dengue have been reported in January alone.

“Mosquito breeding places have increased due to poor garbage disposal and collection and ignorance,” he said.

Compared with the past two years, Dr. Kariyawasam warned that the number of dengue cases had increased by three fold just one month into 2009. He said nine cases had been reported by February 2007 and 28 by February 2008.

Outlining the steps taken by the CMC to curb the spread of the disease, he said awareness programmes and cleaning up projects will be launched. A project to clean up the Modera-Mattakkuliya area will be launched today.

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