Eight Sri Lankans returned from the African region have sustained malaria, according to Dr. Prasad Ranaweera, director of the Malaria Prevention Program.
These malaria patients were identified among returnees who were referred to quarantine upon return, hence five returnees from a quarantine centre in Pelvehera and three from a quarantine centre in Vaikkal, Negombo.
Given considerations to these circumstances, the health authorities have recommended to refer the returnees to Malaria tests in addition to PCR.
Meanwhile, a program to exterminate mosquitoes carrying malaria around the quarantine centres is also being conducted.
Meanwhile, confirmed reports claimed that 53 returnees during last year have been infected with malaria.
Since the successful elimination of malaria in 2012, Sri Lanka has not reported any local case. However, cases reported since were among returnees from foreign countries.