- "Four epidemiological teams from the capital Colombo
have left for the central region to investigate the sudden death of two
students and the vice principal of a rural school in Badulla, the official
Daily News reported Thursday...
- The three persons who died were said to be residents
of Uva-Paranagama. Schools in the area remain closed given the threat of
an unidentified disease. Two people have been admitted to hospital for
treatment, but their conditions are not critical."
- The three deaths and two hospitalizations form a tight
cluster of unexplained illness and death in a small area of Sri Lanka.
These illnesses extend the number of unusual cases on the island.
- Before the Tsunami hit, there were a series of flu fatalities.
Initially the diagnosis was Influenza A. Then a couple of patients were
said to have Influenza B. However, the large number of deaths was unusual.
These cases were in the southern portion of Sri Lanka.
- After the Tsunami there were mysterious flu deaths in
northern Sri Lanka. Further information on these cases has not been reported.
- More recently, there was an outbreak of myocarditis in
Badilla district that affected patients and health care workers. A cause
of the disease was not reported.
- Now there is a new cluster of illness linked to rural
schools in the same Badilla district. This has produced another significant
investigative response, but these investigations fail to identify the etiological
agent, which is an increasing cause for concern.
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