Gunasekara, SD, Nuwangi, H, Wickramasinghe, ND, Weerakoon, K, Price, HP, Dikomitis, L and Agampodi, SB (2022) Placing Leishmaniasis in the Limelight through the Communicable Disease Surveillance System: An Experience from Sri Lanka. Pathogens, 11 (6). ISSN 2076-0817

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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.

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Additional Information: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Uncontrolled Keywords: leishmaniasis; disease surveillance; Sri Lanka
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 15:15
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 13:28

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