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WHO says no need for travel restriction to SL due to dengue outbreak

The World Health Organization says that there is no need to impose restriction on travel to Sri Lanka on the grounds of dengue outbreak.

The World Health Organization said it does not recommend that any general travel or trade restrictions be applied on Sri Lanka based on the information available for this event.

According to the WHO, the current dengue fever outbreak occurs in a context of massive heavy rains and flooding and is currently affecting 15 out of 25 districts in Sri Lanka where almost 600,000 people have been affected.

Heavy monsoon rains, public failure to clear rain-soaked garbage, standing water pools and other potential breeding grounds for mosquito larvae attribute to the higher number of cases reported in urban and suburban areas.

The World Health Organization said it is supporting the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health (MOH) ensure an efficient and comprehensive health response. The Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) has constituted a Task Force to guide the response.

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