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||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:16 PM
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International schools have recommended that
children wear masks during their stay in school


Few of us have actually sat down and got to know the virus which we all fear called Swine Flu.
According to Dr. Risintha Premaratne, Consultant Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, an analysis of the genetic composition of the new virus termed Influenza A(H1N1) has revealed it to be a mix of genes from the human influenza virus, swine influenza virus and avian flu virus.
The temporary closure of Lyceum International School in Nugegoda has caused panic among parents in other schools over the spread of the H1N1 virus, which we commonly call Swine Flu.
Several international schools have coaxed children to wear protective masks during their stay in school, and given precedence to lessons in prevention, and do’s and don’ts.
Swine Flu symptoms
Doctors observe that Swine Flu causes cough and cold like symptoms, fever and throat pain.
“We have set aside a ward for the treatment of those affected by H1N1,” said Director, National Hospital, Dr. Hector Weerasinghe, when contacted by The Sunday Leader. Dr. Weerasinghe went on to say that an isolation room has also been set up at the OPD and ward No. 14 has been designated as a ward to treat the H1N1 affected.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader Director, Colombo South Teaching Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe said “We have made provision in all medical wards and isolation rooms to treat those affected with H1N1.” Dr. Jasinghe went on to say that there were isolation rooms not only in medical wards but also in the paediatric wards.
The Sunday Leader learns that a circular from the Ministry of Health has suggested that all patients affected with the H1N1 virus be referred to the Fever Hospital in Angoda.



Situation under control
Director, Fever Hospital, Angoda, Dr. Anura Senanayake, when contacted by The Sunday Leader avoided giving statistics, but went on to say that the situation was under control. “We have the situation under control and the patients warded here are receiving good care and treatment. When patients come here we examine them at the OPD and admit them if there are complications and associated risks of complications. Our staff are trained and we have no problems with the equipment,” said Senanayake, reluctant to speak further.
Investigations however revealed that gone are the days when H1N1 cases were counted and statistics noted down with fervour. The spread has been so fast that Sri Lanka has now reached a stage where there was an umpteen number of H1N1 cases that counting has become almost impossible.
Meanwhile Dr. Risintha Premaratne, a cordial Consultant Epidemiologist, speaking to The Sunday Leader spelt out the origins and the current state of the spread of the H1N1 virus in Sri Lanka.



Veterinary surgeons concerned
Urging the media and the public to avoid calling the H1N1 virus ‘Swine Flu,’ Dr. Premaratne went on to elaborate that the Swine Flu prevalent in Sri Lanka today has little or nothing to do with pigs.
The use of the term Swine Flu has indeed caused concern among a section of veterinary surgeons who preferred to remain anonymous. It is also learnt that the Department of Animal Health is also concerned that the use of the term Swine Flu on a condition that has no connection with pigs may inhibit the consumption of pork.
“New viruses have developed from time to time. Some viruses have remained among pigs, yet others among birds, poultry and cattle. It is seldom that these viruses have affected human beings except in rare instances where people work with or live close to places where pigs, birds, poultry, or cattle are kept. Then again, these few who are affected have not generally infected other persons,” pointed out Consultant Epidemiologist Dr. Risintha Premaratne.


Humans not affected
He said this was because these viruses were incapable of readily crossing over from an affected human being to another via the respiratory route. “The systems of the people infected with these viruses, deal with the viruses within themselves and eliminate the viruses,” said Dr. Premaratne.
“Sometimes flocks of birds perished due to some virus but the virus was not transferred to human beings. However certain gene transformations can cause a virus that can be transferred to human beings,” said Dr. Premaratne referring to the Spanish Flu of 1918 where there was an estimated death toll of 20 million to 40 million people.
Dr. Premaratne went on to say that about a million people perished when the Asian Flu struck in 1957, and that the Hong Kong Flu of 1968 killed up to one million.
Investigations reveal that the HINI virus is a new type of virus with a birth-date set in April 2009.


Prepared for H1N1
“It was first reported from USA, Mexico and Canada. There had been deaths reported due to respiratory illness and the numbers increased. It was initially thought that the virus came from the swine population,” pointed out Dr. Premaratne and went on to say that swine were a ‘mixing vessel’ for many kinds of viruses.
He went on to say that investigations have revealed that the ‘Swine Flu’ or H1N1 virus was found in other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, UK, Switzerland, and France and spread across countries, and that it was at this time that the Epidemiology Unit in Sri Lanka with a donation from the WHO obtained testing reagents which though expensive proved to be a solid preparation exercise.
“We were carrying out surveillance measures among cases of influenza-like illness reported in the country — taking samples and making investigations. It was at that time that the H1N1 virus came to Sri Lanka — (i.e.) when the Epidemiology Unit after all its investigations was almost waiting for the virus,” said Dr. Premaratne.


First case diagnosed
“An eight year old boy who came from Australia was the first case diagnosed in Sri Lanka.
“The thermal scanners which are in place at the Bandaranaike International Airport, which detect body temperature however may fail to detect a would-be patient if he or she takes ‘Paracetamol’ due to feeling ‘feverish.’ Such a person may not be detected by the scanner and therefore walks into a crowd, infecting others during the incubation period of 3 to 5 days, which is the time difference between the entry of the virus and the infected person showing the first symptom.
While assuring that there was no reason for panic Dr. Premaratne went on to say that pregnant mothers, children under the age of two years and citizens over 65 years and those with metabolic disorders as diabetes fall into the high risk category.
Commenting on the drug Oseltamivir sold under the brand name Tamiflu, Dr. Premaratne said that the consultant physicians ought to decide when and by whom the drug ought to be administered.
Expressing distress at the abuse of antibiotics, Dr. Risintha Premaratne said that they were potent drugs and should not be taken at one’s own whims and fancies like toffees or candy.


No reason to panic
Community Medical Officer of the Health Education Bureau, Dr. Uthpola Amerasinghe speaking to The Sunday Leader said that there is no reason to panic over the cases of Swine Flu discovered in several parts of the country.“Many people have their own powerful sense of immunity. It is best to treat it like a normal flu. Rest, and increasing the consumption of fluids are ways to overcome the discomfort,” said Dr. Uthpola Amerasinghe.As preventive measures — wearing of a mask, a balanced diet and keeping a distance when talking are ways to avoid the contracting of H1N1,” said Dr. Amerasinghe.“This is not the time to avoid meals. A balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, fish and protein will build up the body’s immune system. Underweight children may be at risk as their immunity may not be strong,” she said.“More importantly, children and adults alike should wash their hands and avoid touching their faces, with this droplet type infection doing the rounds,” said Dr. Amerasinghe.


taken from: TE Sunday Leader
Sunday, October 25, 2009



p.s: i knw its too long... but wrth readin i guezz!

sachii
10-25-2009, 08:17 PM
thanks for the infor

thm14
10-25-2009, 08:20 PM
you just found out?:P

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:22 PM
you just found out?:P
no js thot of sharing

RuwinRTY
10-25-2009, 08:22 PM
gateway wahalada

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:22 PM
thanks for the infor
hey few guys frm LIS and frm r skwl r in d pic.. recognizd em??

thm14
10-25-2009, 08:23 PM
no js thot of sharing
hehe thanks for the info R :D

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:23 PM
gateway wahalada
nooo...
wearin masks though :rofl:

h_abeysinghe
10-25-2009, 08:24 PM
gateway wahalada

eka wahanna tibbe mita kalin:lol::lol:
cause they all r pigs:lol::lol::lol:
oops:sorry::sorry::sorry: sorry jst joking:lol::lol::lol:

sachii
10-25-2009, 08:25 PM
hey few guys frm LIS and frm r skwl r in d pic.. recognizd em??

hmmm no :oo: cant with the mask...

RuwinRTY
10-25-2009, 08:25 PM
eka wahanna tibbe mita kalin:lol::lol:
cause they all r pigs:lol::lol::lol:
oops:sorry::sorry::sorry: sorry jst joking:lol::lol::lol:

malli ahaganna wage hadanne

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:26 PM
hmmm no :oo: cant with the mask...
most of em r frm ur skwl i guezz...

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:27 PM
eka wahanna tibbe mita kalin:lol::lol:
cause they all r pigs:lol::lol::lol:
oops:sorry::sorry::sorry: sorry jst joking:lol::lol::lol:
palayn ban yanna :P
omce u oficialy left EK ne? y u stil here? :P

nismok
10-25-2009, 08:27 PM
oh is it ? :P

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:27 PM
oh is it ? :P
wait il get u soon

sachii
10-25-2009, 08:28 PM
most of em r frm ur skwl i guezz...
bt usualy they aint wearing ties

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:29 PM
bt usualy they aint wearing ties
yeh i know.. dis is a posed pic..!!

lkdood
10-25-2009, 08:33 PM
virus is spreading fast in many countries :shocked:

kovida_xp
10-25-2009, 08:42 PM
So your new role as a reporter neh?:P.....at last something worthwhile:lol:

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 08:44 PM
So your new role as a reporter neh?:P.....at last something worthwhile:lol:
no...
reportrs ryt original stuf
dis is js copy paste :P

prasadana2
10-25-2009, 08:46 PM
i made swine flu out of Suger Spice and everything Nice...hehe...

prasadana2
10-25-2009, 08:47 PM
any ways thanks for the Info..

yasasrd
10-25-2009, 08:47 PM
thnx

sherlock
10-25-2009, 08:48 PM
thanks 4 info nangi patta

h_abeysinghe
10-25-2009, 08:54 PM
palayn ban yanna :P
omce u oficialy left EK ne? y u stil here? :P

yeah ,mata EK daala yanna bae!:(:(:(:(:(
ithin man ammata horen rata rata mekata enawa:lol:

||~R_girl~||
10-25-2009, 09:52 PM
bt usualy they aint wearing ties
hey js noticd
sry
al d guys r frm our skwl
not frm urz