- Five deaths have been reported after a new virus affecting children surfaced in Sri Lanka
- Symptoms of the disease include high fever, cough and breathing difficulties
- Health officials have been notified to identify the areas affected by the disease
Sri Lanka’s health officials on Thursday, May 17, warned that a new virus affecting children was spreading in the island’s south, and five deaths had already been reported.
The Government Information Department, quoting medical officials, said the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle had been experiencing an increase in the number of patients who arrived with a fever over the past few days, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that doctors disclosed that patients who were admitted include children aged two to three years old as well as infants who are less than six months old.
The symptoms of the disease include high fever, cough and breathing difficulties.
Dr Aruna De Silva of the Pediatric Unit at Karapitiya Hospital said the doctors had examined the matter and had identified that the situation arose as a result of a virus that causes Pneumonia.
He added that the disease is caused by the Influenza and Adino viruses; and it affects children who are less than two years old.
Sri Lankan health minister, Rajitha Senaratne, urged those suffering from these symptoms to seek medical attention immediately.
Health officials in the southern province said the staff at all divisions had been notified to identify the disease-affected areas.
The epidemiology unit of the health ministry has also commenced a broad investigation into the deaths at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed that Lassa fever had killed 142 people in Nigeria since the start of 2018.
The agency reported a rise of 32 fatalities in one month.
It said in part: “Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 142 deaths. Cases have been recorded in 20 of Nigeria’s 36 states.”
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