Increase in mosquito diseases attributed to climate change: WHO convention

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COLOMBO, Sep 16, 2019, News 1st. Recent scientific experiments have revealed that owing to the change in climate that the risk of dengue and other mosquito-bred diseases being spread is at a significantly higher level. These findings were revealed at an international convention to study climate change and mosquito-bred diseases. The convention that was organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) was held for a period of five days from Monday 9th September in Kathmandu, Nepal, reported the News 1st.

The convention saw the participation of representatives from 11 countries in the South and South-East Asian region including Sri Lanka, where each country had raised awareness on the manner in which their respective countries controlled mosquito-bred diseases.

The Director of the National Dengue Prevention Unit, Specialist Dr Aruna Jayasekara who participated at this convention said that these findings of other nations will be incorporated for the dengue prevention programmes of Sri Lanka as well.

Due to the constant changes between the hot weather and the rain the dengue epidemic showed an increased rate of spreading in the past years. Dr Jayasekara noted that the need to come up with new measures to control the spread of such diseases were also highlighted at the convention.

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