Sri Lanka warned about Wuhan virus

Sri Lanka is among the countries the World Health Organisation has alerted to the rapid spread of Wuhan Pneumonia, a virus spreading from China that causes severe respiratory illness, a spokesman for the organisation told RepublicNext.

In an email WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said: “the WHO has encouraged all countries to enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases and to notify WHO of any suspected or confirmed case of infection with novel coronavirus”. 

Officials at the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Service unit stated that “the Quarantine Department of Health Ministry is looking into the immigrants who are coming into the country from China and other relatable flights, they’ll be looking into symptoms and if necessary they will take further investigation at the Airport Quarantine Unit”. 

The Singapore Straits Times has reported that two deaths have already taken place due to this coronavirus, both men in their sixties in China. More than 41 cases have been recorded until now. 

Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of WHO’s emerging diseases unit, told reporters in Geneva that, “the organization is preparing for the possibility of a wider outbreak, it is still early days, we don’t have a clear clinical picture”.

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