The international aid organization, formally known as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is increasing its emergency assistance across Sri Lanka to help contain the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.
Sri Lanka is facing an “unprecedented” outbreak of deadly dengue fever, with 296 deaths recorded and over 100,000 cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the Red Cross.
The worst-ever outbreak of dengue fever has killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka, with aid agencies warning against further spread of the mosquito-borne viral disease.
The Red Cross announced it was increasing its budget by $300,000 to cope with the unprecedented outbreak.
That figure is nearly double the previous year, with about half those cases reported from the island’s west, including the capital Colombo.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue is one of the world’s fastest growing diseases, endemic in 100 countries, with as many as 390 million infections annually.
Early detection and treatment save lives when infections are severe, particularly for young children.
Last week, Australia said it was donating $1.2m to manage patients and help with research to contain the spread of the virus.
Authorities have blamed a waste management crisis in the capital for the unusually large number of infections.