Dengue virus kills 300 people at Sri Lanka

Tuesday 25 July 2017 3 months ago 133   Colombo   Print

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Report  Web Desk : COLOMBO: An outbreak of dengue virus has killed around 300 people so far this year in Sri Lanka and hospitals are stretched to capacity, health officials said. They blamed recent monsoon rains and floods that have left pools of stagnant water and rotting rain-soaked trash -- ideal breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry the virus. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is scaling up emergency assistance to Sri Lanka with the Sri Lanka Red Cross to help contain the outbreak. "Dengue patients are streaming into overcrowded hospitals that are stretched beyond capacity and struggling to cope, particularly in the country hardest hit western province," Red Cross/Red Crescent said in a statement. 02