Australia to help Sri Lanka fight worst-ever dengue outbreak

Australia to help Sri Lanka fight worst-ever dengue outbreak

Australia to help Sri Lanka fight worst-ever dengue outbreak

The number of infections nationwide is already 38% higher compared to last year, while 55 150 people were diagnosed with dengue and 97 have died, according to the Ministry of Health.

Colombo: Australia provides funds to help Sri Lanka to fight its worst dengue epidemic, which claimed 250 lives and infected about 100,000 people this year on the island in the Indian Ocean.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said last night that Australia is granting $ 377,000 to the World Health Organization to implement immediate programs for the prevention, treatment and eradication of dengue in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Hospitals are overcrowded with patients and the government deployed soldiers, police and health officials to inspect the houses and rotting garbage, pools of standing water and other potential mosquito breeding sites throughout the country.

Health officials blamed the public for lacking clear water pools and the pile of debris after heavy monsoon rains last month.
The number of infections nationwide is already 38% higher compared to last year, while 55 150 people were diagnosed with dengue and 97 have died, according to the Ministry of Health.

The cases are concentrated around the main city of Colombo, although they occur in all the tropical islands nation.

The bishop is on a two-day visit and will meet with government leaders today. She said that Australia offers an additional 795 000 USD for a research partnership between Monash University Australia and the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka to test the introduction of natural Wolbachia bacteria to eradicate dengue Sri Lanka.

He said the bacteria “prevent the transmission of dengue among humans virus” and that was successful in the past six years in countries like Brazil, Colombia, Australia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia, where he was tested.

Bacteria have the ability to block other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as the Chikungunya and Zika said the Australian embassy in a statement.

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