Malaria likely to spread in SL through imported cases

Malaria likely to spread in SL through imported cases

Malaria likely to spread in SL through imported cases

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

30 Nov, 2021 | 8:51 am

COLOMBO (News 1st): People in Sri Lanka are more likely to contract Malaria from foreigners, the Anti Malaria Campaign at the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (Nov. 30).

People arriving in Sri Lanka, from overseas should be tested for Malaria immediately, if they show any symptoms of Flu, Consultant Community Physician Dr. Prasad Ranaweera at the Director at the Anti Malaria Campaign told News 1st.

During the course of this year, 21 imported cases of Malaria have been detected in the country, while 30 Malaria patients were reported last year.

According to Dr. Ranaweera, during the time people visiting from overseas were directed to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were tested for Malaria on the 10th day of quarantine, where 10 cases of Malaria were detected among foreign arrivals.

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