Dec 18, 2017

Be on alert for Influenza

The Health Ministry has notified the general public to be aware of the Influenza B virus which is currently spreading.

The Ministry stated that during the months of November, December and January there is a heightened prevalence of the Influenza virus.

Meanwhile, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said a team of doctors specializing in contagious diseases had been dispatched to Mulaithivu to investigate the death of nine patients who had contracted the Influenza virus and was receiving treatment at the Mulaithivu hospital.

These patients had died during last months and the victims are in the age group of between 50 and 70.

It is reported that around 100 patients who had contracted the Influenza B virus are currently receiving treatment at the Mulithivu hospital.