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Placing Leishmaniasis in the Limelight through the Communicable Disease Surveillance System: An Experience from Sri Lanka

Gunasekara, Sonali Dinushika, Nuwangi, Hasara, Wickramasinghe, Nuwan Darshana, Weerakoon, Kosala, Price, Helen P, Dikomitis, Lisa, Agampodi, Suneth Buddhika (2022) Placing Leishmaniasis in the Limelight through the Communicable Disease Surveillance System: An Experience from Sri Lanka. Pathogens, 11 (6). Article Number 680. ISSN 2076-0817. (doi:10.3390/pathogens11060680) (KAR id:95726)

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Having an effective surveillance system is imperative to take timely and appropriate actions for disease control and prevention. In Sri Lanka, leishmaniasis was declared as a notifiable disease in 2008. This paper presents a comprehensive compilation of the up-to-date documents on the communicable disease and leishmaniasis surveillance in Sri Lanka in order to describe the importance of the existing leishmaniasis surveillance system and to identify gaps that need to be addressed. The documents perused included circulars, reports, manuals, guidelines, ordinances, presentations, and published articles. The disease trends reported were linked to important landmarks in leishmaniasis surveillance. The findings suggest that there is a well-established surveillance system in Sri Lanka having a massive impact on increased case detection, resulting in im-proved attention on leishmaniasis. However, the system is not without its short comings and there is room for further improvements.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3390/pathogens11060680
Uncontrolled keywords: leishmaniasis, Sri Lanka, disease surveillance
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Kent and Medway Medical School
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 14:22 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 11:04 UTC
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