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53 arrested for not clearing mosquito breeding sites

Sri Lankan police have arrested 53 people for failing to clear stagnating water and other mosquito breeding grounds around their homes.

Police, army soldiers and health officials have searched 11,500 homes in Colombo on Sunday, in order to check whether government guidelines for ‘dengue eradication month’ are being followed.

Suspects could face fines and up to 6 months in prison, if found guilty.

Over 10,000 personnel of the security forces have been drafted in to help efforts during ‘dengue eradication month’.

Dengue fever has killed over 74 people in Sri Lanka this year.

Government officials have blamed the spread of the disease on people who fail to clean their properties and leave mosquito breeding grounds.

Sri Lanka police arrest 53 people for failing to remove stagnant water where mosquitoes breed - Washington Post (02 Jul 2012)

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