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  • Ronan Kelly
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    Re: Sri LanKa - Four pregnant mothers infected with Influenza A (H1N1)

    Epidemiology Unit Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition 231, De Saram Place, Colombo 01000, Sri Lanka Tele: (+94 11) 2695112, 4740490, 4740491, 4740492 2681548 Fax: (+94 11) 2696583 E-mail: chepid@sltnet.lk, epidunit@sltnet.lk Web: www.epid.gov.lk

    PRESS RELEASE

    Present Influenza Situation in the Country

    Attention had been drawn to some deaths including that of a few pregnant mothers that had occurred due to seasonal influenza infection during the last few weeks. Influenza viruses that were in circulation during the last 3-4 years in the country (Influenza B, Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. Influenza A(H3N2))had been found to be the causative organisms in these cases. Further, routine influenza surveillance data had revealed that a higher proportion of respiratory illnesses (flu’) prevalent during months of March and April this year had been due to influenza virus infection in contrast to past years where low influenza activity had been recorded during these months.

    Influenza viruses cause seasonal influenza infection or ‘flu’ among us. None of them are new or Novel viruses and have been seen circulating in the country during the last 3-4 years. Therefore it is common to find that varying degrees of protective immunity against these viruses had been developed among us.

    Although ‘flu’ is usually a mild respiratory illness with fever, cough and cold which resolves on its own for most of the people, certain groups of people are at higher risk for developing severe disease e.g pneumonia. These are older people (>65years) or very young children (< 2years), pregnant women, people with suppressed immunity and those with chronic heart, liver, kidney and metabolic diseases. People with flu’ especially these high-risk groups should take measures to seek medical attention if their ‘flu’ gets worse or if they develop difficulty in breathing despite treatment. Stocks of indicated anti viral drug to treat admitted patients with severe disease and updated clinical case management guidelines have been distributed to health institutions.

    Public are encouraged to take general personal hygienic measures to prevent spread of respiratory infections such as covering mouth and nose with a tissue/handkerchief while sneezing and coughing when having flu, washing hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding touching face, avoiding overcrowded public places specially when having flu’ and seeking medical attention for flu’ if in a high risk group or when feeling ill. There is no vaccine offered from Government of Sri Lanka presently to prevent seasonal influenza infection.

    There is no place for undue panic and concern since this seasonal influenza virus infection is not caused by a new/novel virus or is not an unknown disease condition. All possible measures to equip health institutions to handle influenza patients had been taken by the Ministry of Health.

    Dr Paba Palihawadana
    Chief Epidemiologist
    Epidemiology Unit
    6th May 2013

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  • tetano
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    Over 232 persons infected with Influenza A Virus

    Two hundred and thirty two (232) people have been infected with the Influenza Virus, since April 1.

    Among them are 37 expectant mothers.

    According to the Health Ministry 108 people have been diagnosed with the Influenza Virus in April alone.

    During April sputum tests were conducted on 538 patients to detect the virus.

    The Health Ministry further added that out of the 221 samples that were tested it was confirmed that 87 people were infected with the Influenza A Virus.

    Meanwhile, eight (8) expectant mothers infected with the virus have died while receiving treatment at the Castle Street Hospital.

    http://www.newsfirst.lk/english/node/24016

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  • tetano
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    Fifteen tested positive for A (H1N1) Influenza

    Fifteen pregnant mothers have been tested positive of the 461 samples sent for laboratory inspection. Three pregnant women have also been reported to have died of the viral disease, the latest case being reported at Moneragala on Friday, W.A.D Wanninayake, the Health Ministry spokesman told the Sunday Observer yesterday.


    http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2013/05/05/new03.asp

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  • Sri LanKa - Four pregnant mothers infected with Influenza A (H1N1)

    Four pregnant mothers infected with Influenza A (H1N1) are receiving treatment at state hospitals. The public, especially pregnant mothers should take precautionary measures to avoid getting infected and seek immediate medical treatment if flu related symptoms develop, in order to prevent complications that can be put their lives in danger, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

    According to the spokesman, the Health Ministry warns the public on taking precautionary measures in order to prevent the disease. "Even a person suffering from a simple cold should stay at home and rest for a few days. Sick employees should take medical leave and stay at home. Sick children should not be sent to schools or tuition classes.

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    http://www.dailynews.lk/2013/05/03/news12.asp
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