The National Dengue Control Unit warns that due to the prevailing rainy conditions in the country, the number of dengue cases could see a sharp increase in the next few weeks.
Speaking to media, Director of the National Dengue Control Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said a total of 24,523 suspected dengue cases have been reported in Sri Lanka this year.
Dr. Samaraweera said 6,483 cases were confirmed to the National Dengue Control Unit in the month of May while 313 cases were reported yesterday.
The Director of the National Dengue Control Unit noted a majority of the cases have been reported from the Western Province while a considerable number of cases have also been reported from the Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Galle, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Jaffna districts.
Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said with the commencement of the monsoon season, the number of dengue breeding grounds increased considerably.
He said during the past three months there has been a gradual increase in cases adding he expects a steep rise in dengue cases in the next few weeks.
Dr. Sudath Samaraweera noted that it is the responsibility of the people to destroy dengue breading grounds and keep monitoring water logged areas in the vicinity of their respective residences.