Epidemiologist cautions of swine flu spreading in China

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It was advised to be alert on a new type of swine flu spreading in China, which has the potentiality to develop into a future pandemic, Chief Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said today.

Addressing the media, Dr. Samaraweera said according to the Chinese researchers, the virus which is descended from the H1N1 swine flu, had been confirmed to have infected some people working in the farms.

“The new flu which has been identified in China is similar to the 2009 swine flu, but with some changes,” Dr. Samaraweera said.

“However, the researchers have affirmed that the virus would not develop into a pandemic at this juncture, but it was vital to be alert,” he added.

Meanwhile, responding to a question posed by a journalist as to whether Sri Lanka is facing any potential risk of a second wave Covid-19, Dr. Samaraweera said there could always be a risk of a second wave of the virus, if health guidelines are not properly practised.

“It is really important that we maintain the momentum of practicing health guidelines properly in at the backdrop where the country is returning to normalcy, so that we may be safe from the virus in future as well,” he said. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • stale news Wednesday, 01 July 2020 06:57 PM

    He would seen this on YouTube and now is repeating what was reported. The correct and respectable thing would have been to acknowledge reference to the YouTube video

    Bealert Wednesday, 01 July 2020 08:05 PM

    True this will ruin the further more, but we will receive anything from China very happily. hence our leaders must be very cautious and listen to your advice.

    johan Wednesday, 01 July 2020 08:19 PM

    Please see that do not allow Chinese flights to SL because China is not transparent in its attitudes. SL has to protect its own citizens' well being

    roni Wednesday, 01 July 2020 08:54 PM

    Borrow more from China and be compelled to accept their labor in return and with it Covid 2020.

    Jaffna Tamil Wednesday, 01 July 2020 09:49 PM

    The world has more than million doctors but still “ ANY REPORT OF A VIRUS OR A BACTERIA IN ANY COUNTRY MAKES THE WORLD JUSTIFIABLY GET PETRIFIED “. But the world is run by stupid people so they keeps producing more and more doctors.

    Nimal Wednesday, 01 July 2020 09:52 PM

    China will surely say again that it does not spread person to person

    Ralaharamy Wednesday, 01 July 2020 10:03 PM

    I don't eat pork, even if it is much cheaper than other meat or fish. Will I be in danger of contacting Swine flu?

    Au Wednesday, 01 July 2020 10:23 PM

    Send chineese back, these virus are from China , we don’t need this. Ask the chineese to pay us back.compensation .

    shavendra pila Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:16 AM

    Anyhow, China's regime will be elected by our so-called patriotic flag bearers. Let our doctors be ready anytime soon.

    Andrew Silva Thursday, 02 July 2020 09:12 AM

    China the creators of viruses. First corona virus then swine virus. Next virus keep guessing it will come before you can say Tom, Dick or Harry.

    Rhonda Taylor Thursday, 02 July 2020 09:19 AM

    Stop the entry of all Chinese citizens into Sri Lanka. This is the safest way to keep our country from these viruses. These Chinese will eat anything that moves on the earth and infect the whole world if they can.


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