Dengue cases on the rise

By Dinitha Rathnayake

A total of 613 suspected dengue cases were reported islandwide from 7 to 13 March 2022 (week 10), in comparison to 542 cases reported from 25 districts during the preceding week (week nine).

There is a 13.0% increase in the said week starting from the month of March compared to the previous week.

Of all the cases, 39.3% were reported from the Western Province (WP), with 5.7% from the Colombo Municipal Council (MC) area,14.4% from the rest of the Colombo District, 10.3% from the Gampaha District, and 9% from the Kalutara District.

A total of 41 medical officer of health (MoH) areas were flagged as high-risk areas during week 10. Out of them, 17 MOH areas showed a rising number of cases in week 10 compared to week nine, and another 12 MOH areas showed a persistently high number of cases in both weeks nine and 10.

During week 10, the high-risk level of the Hanwella, Ja-Ela, Katana, Mahara,

Bandaragama, Horana, MC Kandy, Uppuveli, Chilaw, MC Ratnapura, and Badulla MoH areas have come down, while the Pitakotte, Biyagama, Gampaha, Kelaniya, Wadduwa, Akmeemana, Bope, Habaraduwa, Nallur, Alayadivembu, Puttalam, Kuliyapitiya, and Mawanella MoH areas were newly identified as high-risk areas.

The average total of dengue patients in 69 selected hospitals throughout the country was 225 and 226 during weeks nine and 10, respectively.