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‘Unprecedented’ dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka exceeds 107,000 cases

July 26, 2017

The Epidemiology Unit of Sri Lanka’s ministry of health has been notified of 107,015 suspected cases of dengue fever since January, which WHO estimates is a 4.3-fold increase in the average number of cases usually reported in the country during this period.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reported that there have been nearly 300 deaths linked to the outbreak as of July 24. The organization added that hospitals in Sri Lanka are currently overcrowded with patients suspected of having dengue and are struggling to cope with the burden, particularly those in the Western Providence, where the ministry of health said 44.2% of cases were identified.

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