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Sri Lanka press releases

WHO recommends close disease surveillance in flood affected areas

4 June 2003 | GENEVA -- Sri Lanka is facing a heightened risk of communicable disease outbreaks in the wake of the severe floods and landslides which have affected the country recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned today. The most likely outbreaks include diarrhoeal diseases and vector-borne diseases caused when mosquitoes and other insects breed in dirty and stagnant water. WHO is moving quickly to support the country to prevent large-scale outbreaks.