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Sri Lanka: 2019 Malaria

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    Two malaria cases in 2019: Will Sri Lanka lose its ‘Malaria-free’ certification?
    Written by Staff Writer 14 Feb, 2019 | 4:51 pm

    COLOMBO (News 1st) – For the first time since the country was declared to be malaria-free, a malaria patient has been found in the country.

    Director of the National Malaria eradication programme, Dr Hemantha Herath said that this was confirmed after the infected blood samples were sent for tests to the Singapore National Research Institute.

    Two cases of malaria were reported in Siyambalanduwa last December(2018). One of the infected was an Indian national working at a construction site of a sugar factory in Siyambalanduwa. The other patient a 45-year-old Sri Lankan resident of Meegoda was also working at the same construction site. Doctors suspected that the Sri Lankan was infected by the Indian national.

    Consequently, the blood samples of the two patients were sent to the Singapore National Research Institute for tests and the doctors’ suspicions proved to be correct as the parasite in both blood samples were the same...