Ten pregnant mothers die of influenza virus in Sri Lanka

Ten pregnant mothers die of influenza virus in Sri Lanka

Ten pregnant mothers die of influenza virus in Sri Lanka

Written by Staff Writer

21 Jun, 2015 | 8:58 pm

The Ministry of Health says 10 expectant mothers passed away owing to the influenza virus within over the past month.

The ministry said that according to information they have received, majority of cases related to the influenza virus are recorded during the months of May, June and July and during the months November, December and January.

When we made inquiries from Senior Secretary of the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health Dr. Athula Liyanapathirana, he said that the influenza virus spreads from person to person. The disease that has been widespread as of late has been identified as the AH1N1 Influenza Virus.

Dr. Athula Liyanapathirana notes that some of the main symptoms of the virus are fever, cough, cold, sore throat, body pains as well as diarrhea and vomiting, adding that expectant mothers in particular have to especially be vigilant and take precautions as they are the most vulnerable.

He also said that children of under two years of age also need to be cautious and elders between 65 and 70 years of  age, as well as patients suffering from chronic diseases have a high risk of being infected by this virus. Dr.  Liyanapathirana added that the virus can aggravate diabetes, respiratory illnesses and kidney related diseases.

Medical experts say that it is best to seek medical assistance as soon as patience show symptoms of the disease in order to prevent to spread of the virus.

Dr. Liyanapathirana went onto say that expectant mothers must remember to avoid staying in crowded areas and must immediately go to a doctor if they show any symptoms of the influenza virus.

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