Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 13:11
Dengue larvae found in well water also
Mosquito Larvae Research Scientists state that based on research carried out in recent times they have observed that Dengue Mosquito Larvae are breeding in wells found in homes.
This information was revealed based on tests carried out on samples of water collected from domestic wells island wide.
Previously Dengue mosquitoes were found to be breeding in dirty water.
However, Mosquito Larvae Researchers are stating that this theory needs to be reconsidered after it was revealed that Dengue mosquito larvae are breeding in well water.
The Ministry of Health states that it will take this new information into account when initiating eradication programs in future.
Meanwhile, the Epidemiology Unit states that 10,540 Dengue patients were reported during this year thus far and that 60% of those patients were reported from the Western province and that there is a risk of Dengue becoming an epidemic in the Western Province.
3,774 Dengue patients have been reported from the Colombo District while, 1,680 and 774 patients have been reported from the Gampaha and Kalutara Districts respectively.
Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena states that not only the government but all parties need to dedicate themselves prevent the spread of Dengue.
The minister made this statement while taking part in a meeting regarding Dengue eradication activities held at the Western Provincial Chief Ministerial office.