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Sri Lanka forces out for dengue

2010-07-20 15:26

Colombo - The police and army in Sri Lanka have been called out for a major anti-mosquito campaign after a steady rise in the number of dengue fever cases, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The number of dengue-related deaths exceeded 150 in the last six months, and the number of patients increased to 21 000 during the same period, a ministry official said.

"Police have been deployed to provide security for public health inspectors to carry out house-to-house searches for mosquito-breeding points and take action against persons who contribute to the spread of dengue (carrying) mosquitoes," H Wanninayaka said.

The army has been called out to supervise cleaning campaigns as well, he said.

He said that people found responsible for contributing towards the spread of mosquitoes would be subject to fines or jail.

The police have also started prosecutions for disposing of garbage in public places and at least 10 people were fined in courts on Monday.