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Beware of Leptospirosis: Epidemiologist

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Health Education and Promotion Director, Epidemiologist Paba Palihawadana yesterday warned the public living in flood-affected areas to be vigilant of Leptospirosis that could possibly spread after floods recede.

She instructed the people to receive ‘doxycyline’-- leptospirosis disease preventing treatment from the nearest Medical Officer of Health (MOH) office or the Public Health Inspector (PHI) free of charge before engaging in farming activities or where water exists.

Dr. Palihawadana advised the public to avoid getting into water or mud, especially if they had exposed wounds or bruises in the soles or legs.

She also said medical treatment should be sought at Government Hospitals if one has any signs or symptoms of the disease such as a headache, fever, muscle pain, colour change etc.

Free medical advice or details of leptospirosis disease can be obtained free of charge via ‘Suwasariya’ hot-line 0710 107 107. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Rohan Saturday, 02 June 2018 06:02 AM

    People do not realise how dangerous it is that the work that belong to the scientists are being assigned to the doctors.

    Logan Saturday, 02 June 2018 10:34 AM

    Rohan,you are spot on !But unfortunately our politicians wouldn’t understand your point.

    ANTON Saturday, 02 June 2018 07:49 AM

    BUT MADAM , ARE THE CORRECT MEDICINE AVAILABLE IN THE HOSPITALS.

    Kamala Saturday, 02 June 2018 02:54 PM

    Thank you very.much for timely reminder of leptospirosis which can be one d.d. to the highly prevalent fever these days.

    Sincere Saturday, 02 June 2018 04:23 PM

    Madam, at the time 118 of our politicians are fearful of the revelation of Bondtosporosis, they will not take much notice of Leptospirosis you talk about.


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