Disease spreading in South identified as pneumonia: DGHS

19 May 2018 06:10 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Laboratory findings have revealed that the disease spreading in Southern Province was a pneumonia outbreak mainly due to influenza virus, Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe yesterday said.

Dr. Jasinghe in a statement said the health authorities had taken measures to mitigate the current situation.

“Attention has been drawn to the increased number of patients with acute respiratory tract infection at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital and General Hospital Matara during last few weeks.  Preliminary investigations of the incident have revealed that there were few deaths among infants of less than one year due to acute respiratory infection during that period,” he said.

He said few hundreds of children were admitted to the peadiatric wards with acute fever and respiratory symptoms during this period and added that  they had experienced increased number of pneumonia cases among children in Matara and Galle districts.

“According to laboratory findings there is evidence suggested of pneumonia outbreak mainly due to influenza virus. During past few years country has experienced increased influenza like illness during months of May, June and July,” he said.

“Public are encouraged to take general personal hygienic measures to prevent spread of respiratory infections such as covering mouth and nose with a tissue, handkerchief while sneezing and coughing when having flu, washing hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching face, avoiding overcrowded public places specially when having flu and seeking medical attention for flu  if in a high risk group or when feeling ill,” he said.

“For influenza like illness, children less than 2 years of age, pregnant or lactating mothers, anyone with chronic lung, heart or renal and other co-morbidities, elderly people are considered as high risk categories. It they develop flu like illness, they are advised to seek medical care without delay,” he added.

  Comments - 6

  • Lanka Saturday, 19 May 2018 06:36 AM

    I don't understand why our people are not encouraged to wear face masks like other developed countries to prevent such a viral influenza.

    Summa Saturday, 19 May 2018 07:24 AM

    Can an air-borne virus be contained by a face-mask ? I really do not know !

    LP Saturday, 19 May 2018 07:28 AM

    If the disease is seasonal and repetitive why not take preventive measures and proper treatment procedures without waiting till 10 to 15 kids get killed.

    ANTON Saturday, 19 May 2018 07:54 AM


    Manithan Saturday, 19 May 2018 12:51 PM

    Vaccine one of the strongest preventive measure

    G O Dayasiri Saturday, 19 May 2018 09:59 PM

    Seasonal flu escalating to pneumonia..!!Frequent washing of hands, genaral cleanlyness might help.Flu jab ??

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