Deaths due to allergy?

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Though it was initially believed that the deaths of a young mother and child from UAE was due to food poisoning, it is now suspected that the reason could be an allergy caused by a mosquito repellent vapor in the hotel room.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said investigations revealed that they had not consumed any food after the family arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday evening from Dubai.

They were staying at the Ramada Hotel in Seeduwa when they were rushed to hospital, police said.

Meanwhile the relatives of the victims had opposed to a post mortem examination as ordered by the Wattala Magistrate and are requesting to take the two bodies to Dubai.

However, police said an inquest would not be sufficient for further investigations. It was first suspected that the deaths were caused by food poisoning. But now the police have found details that it was due to an allergy caused by a chemical vapor.

The 24-year old husband identified as Mohammad Ali Obaid Al Mazroui who was also admitted to hospital in a critical condition has now recovered and his condition is said to be stable.

However, police are yet to record a statement from him. The 22-year-old Dubai national Obera Ali and her one and a half year old son Al Mohammed died at a private hospital in Wattala around 2.00 am on Wednesday.

The UAE embassy in Sri Lanka is also following the investigations. Members of the victim’s family are also due to arrive in Sri Lanka to transfer the bodies and help the husband. (Supun Dias)

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  • suranjith Friday, 16 March 2012 05:46 AM

    this death story publised in UAE papers last 2days. bad reputation for tourism in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Hotel charges are way above the rates of Thailand, malaysia, even above the rates of US & Dubai. poor standards below average quality. however when you ask them they say rates are determine by the govt. every corner govt involve for no reasons. must act at least now please

    Worriedman Friday, 16 March 2012 05:52 AM

    If the cause of death is proved to be the mosquito repellent vapour it is very serious as many household use such devices in the bedrooms with children. The health authority is duty bound to clear immediately the safety concerns of the product.

    Hari Friday, 16 March 2012 06:00 AM

    If the hotel used such repellents without properly examinating the effect on humans they should be investigated and corrected.

    Ranil Friday, 16 March 2012 06:15 AM

    How come the hotel name is revealed but not the repellent brand??? if they suspect the repellent in concern, people have a right to know what the brand is!!! Due to dengue menace many people use repellants. I have 3-4 units running in my place.
    I doubt proper testing has been carried out to see if all these products are safe to use.

    aron Saturday, 17 March 2012 01:20 AM

    that is ruling country. This is......................

    xlntgson Saturday, 17 March 2012 01:23 AM

    Wow! US $126 a day's stay, what a sanitary worker/labourer can't make for a month; it is no wonder mossies breed freely!
    # oyage sudu kolla, that's the irony of life!

    Manu Friday, 16 March 2012 08:11 AM

    As i seen in the papers this not for the mosquitoes...for bed bugs.. some how two innocent lives gone... will give bad effect for tourism also..with so many things are happening to tourists in here

    loki Friday, 16 March 2012 08:01 AM

    were you with them ? how do you know if AC was on ?

    Jayagoda Friday, 16 March 2012 08:04 AM

    Very sad and bad news for over charging sub standard hotels in SL. Some hotels with broken doors,dripping ACs and dirty toilets charge as much as US126.00 per day bed and breakfast and that's in Polonnaruwa !
    In Bangkok 4 nights, 4 star hotel is only Rs.13000 per person with a full package.

    JEN FUNG LING Saturday, 17 March 2012 04:08 PM

    where is the so call PHI in sri lanka they only get the pay packet from the hotel and they never check the hotel and it will be a breading ground for repellent.
    first they say it was food poisoning and now the chemical / are they are jokers who make different statements to pleased whom?

    pasha Friday, 16 March 2012 09:38 AM

    In my office we have air condition also have mosquito

    Phaszebhuk Friday, 16 March 2012 02:53 AM

    This is the tip of the iceberg.

    Those who chemicals should be educated about the safe quantities to use.

    No one know ho many people are dying due to excessive presence of agro chemicals in their vegetables.

    I have seen in Nuwaraeliya farmers mixing up to 10 times more chemicals into a bucket of water and spraying on vegetables.

    Bandula Friday, 16 March 2012 02:43 AM

    Unfortunately, Most of Sri Lankan Tourist Hotel room Charges same as other developed countris. but service is sub-standards. When you use chemical repelents in a A/C (split system)room it cerculates in the room. No fresh air deliverd to the room . That may be caused the death. I can remember similar situation happened in the past in Nuwara Elliya, a couple died after using Ba-beque in hotel room.

    Faur N Square Saturday, 17 March 2012 08:08 AM

    YOu must be working for an organization that breed mosquitos... are ya'll in the research sector? sarcasm.....

    roshan london Friday, 16 March 2012 02:58 AM

    these doctors are also like politicians, they want to save the hotel being the political goony and want to put the blame on the chemcial company.

    Gamini Udagepola Friday, 16 March 2012 03:04 AM

    In any case, deadly below standard quality of service provided for Tourists here (it seems).

    sena Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:20 PM

    So immature - get a life

    Fazli Friday, 16 March 2012 04:42 AM

    I wonder what kind of hotels are these where you need mosquito repellent vapors. They easyly breed non hygenic environ. In most of the DECENT hotels you find R & M people doing the regular fogging around the hotel. We earn a lot of FEX on tourism and we can't afford to ruin it. The Airport must have an uodated list of hotels where foreigners can fearlessly enjoy their stay. We must improve our infra structure in all areas of tourism. Give them a hastle free service. Uou will make billions of dollars which is long term investment.

    faqi Friday, 16 March 2012 07:40 PM

    # loki 2012-03-16 13:31
    were you with them ? how do you know if AC was on ?
    Reply
    You talk like an idiot. Read what I said, before making idiotic comments. Do you understand English? Do you know what "If" means?

    True Srilankan Friday, 16 March 2012 05:10 AM

    why do you use mosquito repllent when there is ac

    Ahamed Friday, 16 March 2012 05:20 AM

    The political hierarchy should send condolence messages to the grieved family and the government of the victims. The Minister in charge of tourism promotion must take moral responsibility and resign. The inquiries should be held on priority basis, without neglecting because they are foreigners. Then only SL could deemed to have done justice to the victims and build tourist confidence.

    Ranjith Friday, 16 March 2012 05:21 AM

    These so called tourist hotels should be scrutinized to avoid any substandard service to the tourists. This is an eye opener. Tourist Board & the concerned Ministry should appoint a comm
    ittee to oversee this situation.
    Do not waste any more time to avert further disaster to our tourism industry

    shanthapriya Friday, 16 March 2012 05:35 AM

    my memory goes to the unfortunate death of mrs malani
    bulathsinghala. people must take best care of unknown products. specially when giving to the infants

    Oyage sudu kella Friday, 16 March 2012 05:29 AM

    Aiyo..... mosquito repellent ekenuth marenawa dengi valunith marenawa. aiyo.....

    kondebendapucheena Friday, 16 March 2012 05:45 AM

    eye opener for everybody

    faqi Friday, 16 March 2012 05:36 AM

    If a room is airconditioned why use chemicals to repel mosquitos. Air conditioned rooms are free of mosquitos. Mosquitos do not like air conditioned rooms, they love warm rooms.

    ponnaranil Friday, 16 March 2012 12:12 PM

    It depends.Especially in coastal areas Mosquitoes can enter and stay in AC rooms as the ACs work only when people enter in to the room.

    anura Friday, 16 March 2012 05:51 AM

    all these mosquito repellants are equally harmful to humans too, not only mosquitoes. mosquito repellant companies were found to have been breeding mosquitoes and releasing them to increase their sales. use Cashew Leli (bark or outer nut) instead.


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