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997 cases of dengue
AH1N1 outbreak claims 45 deaths in two weeks
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 website.

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 the country