Ward 69 of the Kandy Teaching Hospital was closed after three patients in the ward died of a virus, Hospital Director Saman Ratnayake said yesterday.
He said he suspected they had died of Influenza H1N1. The other patients in the ward had been transferred to a special unit.
The hospital authorities have given special attention to kidney patients, pregnant women, children and those with compromised immune systems.
He said the hospital staff and the other patients were tested for the presence of the virus.
He said action would be taken to prevent the spread of the virus and to raise awareness of the virus among the patients and staff.
He requested that anyone with fever and the symptoms of Influenza seek treatment at the nearest hospital. (J.A.L.Jayasinghe)