Unidentified tick spreading across Ratmalana

Published : 7:36 am  January 16, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   dfu
Residents of Ratmalana are worried about an unidentified species of tick spreading fast in home gardens, in the beach and even in houses. 

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Dr. Indika Ellawala said the swarms of ticks posed a threat to public health.   

PHIs pointed out that the ticks were found even under the grass in the beach and had stung individuals walking along the beach. They said the unidentified creature was found on the walls, windows and furniture in houses. Area residents said several individuals including children stung by the tick had undergone treatment at the Kalubowila hospital.   

Dr. Ellawala said the PHIs and the Family Health Officers had launched a crash programme to bring the spread of the tick under control and to create public awareness in this regard.