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Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 12:59
Malaria mosquito found in Vavuniya
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A new species of Malaria carrier, Anopheles Stephens that was detected recently in a well at Pesalai, Mannar has now been detected in Vavuniya.

The mosquito larvae have been detected in two wells in Vavuniya.

Director of the Ant-Malaria Campaign in Sri Lanka, Dr. Hemantha Herath told our news team a special program has already been initiated to control the spread of the infected mosquitos in the area.

The World Health Organization named Sri Lanka as a malaria-free country in 2015, as no cases had been reported since 2012.

However, a malaria-carrying vector species was found in Pesalai in January last year.

The Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit stated that the infected mosquito originated, in India and has since spread to Sri Lanka.

The WHO stated that nearly half of the world’s population and over one billion people in South Asia still live in Malaria prone localities.

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