Sri Lanka deploys troops to battle dengue feverPosted: June 25, 2012
Sri Lanka is deploying 10,000 troops to tackle areas of stagnant water and other mosquito-breeding grounds in an effort to contain the dengue virus, the island’s health minister said Monday.
Maithripala Sirisena said the troops will join a clean-up operation this week to fight dengue, which is spread by mosquitoes, after 75 deaths from the disease this year.
Stagnant water is a key breeding ground for mosquitoes and the authorities have begun prosecuting people who leave out containers which collect standing water. The forces will be helping to identify and remove such containers.
“Security forces will assist the national campaign against dengue,” Sirisena said in a statement. “It will also be compulsory for all schools to spend one hour on Friday to clean up their premises.”