Worst dengue out­break kills 225

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Sri Lanka is suf­fer­ing its worst dengue out­break, with the mos­quito-borne virus killing 225 peo­ple and in­fect­ing more than 76,000 this year. Alarmed by the mag­ni­tude of the cri­sis, the govern­ment de­ployed 400 soldiers and po­lice of­fi­cers on Tues­day to clear away rot­ting garbage, stag­nant wa­ter pools and other po­ten­tial mos­quito-breed­ing grounds. The num­ber of in­fec­tions na­tion­wide is 38 per­cent higher than last year, when 55,150 peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with dengue.

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