Good news for tourists and visitors to Sri Lanka as the government announces further aggressive steps in combatting mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika and yellow fever.

National Mosquito Control Week will be held countrywide from September 27 to October 3, Health Services Director General Dr Palitha Mahipala has announced.

Its primary aim is to sharply reduce mosquito density and breeding cycles countrywide, with special attention paid to 141 high-risk areas, for which 20,000 inspectors will be on call.

But it will also closely monitor patients suffering from fever symptoms. They will be tested for dengue and Zika in a bid to reduce the population infection reservoir.

Members of the armed forces and health officers will be included in teams that will visit homes, schools and state and private premises, with legal action taken against anyone allowing mosquitos to breed on their premises.

Says Dr Mahipala: “If a dengue or a Zika patient is reported from a location, a radius of one kilometre will be fogged to prevent the diseases from spreading.

“Zika and Chikungunya are not deadly diseases. Patients will experience severe muscular pain and joint pains. But it is suspected that Zika may cause Micro-Cephally and Guillain-Barre syndrome.”

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