Dengue and leptospirosis infection during the coronavirus 2019 outbreak in Sri Lanka

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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Apr 6:trab058. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trab058. Online ahead of print.


A significant decrease in dengue fever cases and a contrasting increase in leptospirosis cases were reported for the second quarter of 2020 compared with 2019 in Sri Lanka. In the absence of significant environmental and weather-related differences to account for these changes in incidence, we investigated the possibility that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health, social behaviour and the restrictions imposed during the lockdown influenced the fluctuations in dengue and leptospirosis infections.

PMID:33823550 | DOI:10.1093/trstmh/trab058