|By Ishtartha Wellaboda
There were 46 deaths due to the AH1N1 outbreak as
of January 15 while there were 997 cases of dengue
reported in the first two weeks of this month alone,
according to the Epidemiology Unit (EU) of the
Health Ministry. This was corroborated by the EU
There were 2285 possible cases reported to the
Medical Research Institute (MRI) out of which 631
cases have been confirmed as AH1N1. The AH1N1 virus
that has claimed the lives of over 246 people world
wide is mainly contracted through direct contact
with infected birds.
The highest numbers of 176 cases have been
reported from Colombo district, while there have
been 174 cases from Vavuniya district and 153 cases
from the Gampaha district.
These numbers appear to show a decline in disease
compared to last Decemberís 3781 reported cases. Of
these, 759 cases were reported from Vavuniya alone.
According to the said website, this depicts a
drastic increase in infection compared to Novemberís
data which shows only 163 cases being reported.
Also, during December last year 591 cases were
reported from Colombo and 450 from Gampaha.
The fact tables also indicates 34 803 reported
cases of dengue within the country last year. Again,
the densely populated districts of Colombo and
Gampaha lead the table with 4810 cases in Colombo
and 4632 cases in Gampaha.
Meanwhile, the President of the All Ceylon Health
Services Union, Gamini Kumarasinghe said that the
government is distorting facts about the outbreak of
dengue and A/H1N1 for political purposes to show
that there is a decline in the spread of disease in