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Viral flu identified as A/H1N1

A viral infection is fast spreading in the country. As such Health Sectors have called on the public to be cautious about the viral flu. It has been emphasized that the Medical Research Institute has identified it as A/H1N1 and not bird flu.

Health Services Director General Dr. Maheepala Herath said that the symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting and body ache. He has called on the public to seek immediate proper medical treatment if they come across these symptoms.

He made this appeal at the discussion held at the Health Ministry to deliberate the measures that should be taken with regard to the A/H1N1 influenza which is rampant in the country. It was further stressed at this discussion that A/H1N1 was highly infectious and people should avoid crowded places as far as possible because one person could pass the infection to another person through coughing or sneezing. The Contagious disease Unit of the Health Ministry stated that pregnant women, infants, the old and patients suffering from chronicle diseases should be cautious as they are more vulnerable to this virus.

Dr. Maheepala said the Medical Supplies Division has been advised to provide all necessary drugs to the hospitals to contain the disease.

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